It’s time to encourage students in Colorado to compete in the Academic Decathlon. For those of us that don’t yet understand how an academic decathlon occurs, it is very similar to the athletic decathlon. Rather than sports, though, nine students are tested on how they excel in ten academic subjects. The subjects in academic decathlons are Art History, Interview, Music, Mathematics, Social Science, Speech, Economics, Essay, Language and Literature, and Science. The teams are made up of 3 distinct groups: 3 “A” or Honors students, 3 “B” or Scholastic students, and 3 “C” or Varsity students.
The teams are developed to be all-inclusive and will give each student to learn as well as showcase their strengths in the academic arena. An academic decathlon in Colorado is a chance for all students to compete no matter what their grades are like and they will be able to collaborate with each other. If one student is lacking in skills, they may be able to gain insight into the subject from their peers or work with each other to compete in that subject.The academic decathlon is open to high school students in public schools as well as homeschooled students who may compete on an individual basis.
High school teachers and administrators, let’s encourage all students to compete in the academic decathlon in Colorado. Just imagine what kind of accolades you can bring to your school if you compete on the national level of competition in the academic decathlon. Students in Colorado can participate in the decathlons as a purely academic elective. Some may even be able to reach the national competition. This is a great opportunity for the students to learn team work and participate in group dynamics. Academic decathlons are one of the last instances of a true liberal arts competition. Not only will this kind of competition be able to exhibit school pride, it will bring quite the highlight to your teaching and administrative abilities.
For more information, or to support the cause, search for Colorado Academic Decathlon on Facebook or use the hashtag #CoAcaDeca on Twitter. Or research academic decathlons on USAD.org.