Pittsburgh School District Leads Nation In Ability To Spell 'Roethlisberger'

Pittsburgh teachers said that in 2005 they noticed an alarming trend: Students stopped using Roethilsberger’s last name in essays and papers, instead referring to the quarterback by his easy-to-spell nickname, “Big Ben.” That summer, the Pittsburgh school board took action, eliminating various art courses, American history, and Advanced Placement calculus in favor of a rigorous new curriculum focused squarely on getting its students back on track. Instead of taking world…