Hawaii’s education department has defunded the Academic Decathlon, because it didn’t affect enough students — and because Hilo High’s team won for 12 straight years. Thanks to Amritas for the link. The Honolulu Star-Bulletin adds:
The Academic Decathlon also lacks the heart-pounding thrill of a basketball or football game. Decathlon teams spend enormous amounts of time studying. Competition consists mostly of taking multiple-choice tests, plus one event structured something like a television quiz show.
No cheerleaders either.
Decathlon boosters are trying to raise $50,000 to revive the decathlon and expand it to private schools.