Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Don't cut this

I don't remember if I blogged about this last year, but my school is trying to cut AcaDec again. We had to fight hard to keep it last year, and I don't know. It could go either way at this point. We've already come up with a list of about 25 students who are interested in joining, and quite frankly I'd rather they cut the Debate program instead because:

  1. There is no debate program anymore. Out of the 2500 or so kids who would be eligible to compete or be in the debate class only ONE actually does stuff (me), and I'm not even in the actual class. No lie, there is no team, we don't do any competitions, we've pretty much dropped off the map in the debate world. In fact, most people I used to debate with don't affiliate me with my school, and see me pretty much as a maverick.
  2. The money for the debate program is going to waste. It should go to AcaDec, which actually has a class, and people willing to compete. Also, Academic Decathlon is a nationally recognized event that if you win, allows you to meet the president! :)

But yeah, if I felt that the debate program could be saved, then I would fight for it. I've been in denial for a long time, thinking that MAYBE just maybe this year would be the year that we'd have a decent debate program and a good coach, but I'm done holding my breath. I want to focus on something that is more concrete and more likely move me up in this world.

In other news, they tabulated partial results and I ended up placing 2nd overall in my region in Language & Literature for AcaDec... I should get my medals next week...

My other team members placed in the top 5 for other categories, leaving me again to be somewhat baffled that my school would want to get rid of a program that is still functioning, and that we're still placing in.

Ah well, maybe my school needs more money to throw at our crappy football team. UGH.

Since I'm the queen of plan B, if all else fails I'll just take out AP Art History class, or even pick up an extra yearbook period since I'm an editor and whatnot.


  1. Oh noes! I hope they don't cut it. I hate budget cuts. It's always the academics that are first to go, isn't it? I think this especially true in our states (meaning Texas and Florida) that for whatever reason places a bigger emphasis on sports. Like you said, the school "needs more money to throw at our crappy football team."

    I'm still glad they do academic things like Model Student Senate and Math Bowl, though. (I don't want to imagine a future without those so I totally understand where you're coming from!

    Oh, and woot-woot for getting 2nd! :D

    Word verification: alizile. It has our shared name in it!

  2. Since I'm a grammar freak,

    *reason place a bigger

  3. Congrats on aking second! That's great, don't sweat it so much about the future, things always have a way of working themselves out. :)