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20-21 topic
« on: February 22, 2020, 07:16:08 PM »
Are there no predictions yet from anyone on the 20-21 curricular topics? I think I am a bit disappointed.
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Re: 20-21 topic
« Reply #1 on: February 23, 2020, 08:59:43 AM »
Is everybody doing prep for state?

How about Education as a topic?

Art would feature various well-designed schools and desks - a focus on design and architecture.

Music could be schoolyard chants, cheerleading cheers, and school choirs performing public-domain works. Sort of an Alan Lomax meets recess.

Lang and Lit: Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume.

Science: Child Psychology, always a fun topic.

Social Science: a study of the public school movement history in the USA.
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Re: 20-21 topic
« Reply #2 on: February 23, 2020, 05:51:08 PM »
Yes indeed everyone should be prepping for state, but certainly there must be time for speculation.  ;)
The education idea is a very interesting one. I do like the idea of architecture of some type as the art. The social science would be interesting. I know nothing about the language and lit. but it sounds promising.
I would like to see something like "Pacific Rim", where the science would be geology and/or seismology. However, the topic may be too broad : too many countries and islands.
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Re: 20-21 topic
« Reply #3 on: February 23, 2020, 10:15:48 PM »
I have no idea, but the Science better finally be linguistics...

Also, we should start getting some clues tomorrow. :popcorn:
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Re: 20-21 topic
« Reply #4 on: February 24, 2020, 08:41:15 AM »
I will throw in my annual guess (wish) for the Middle East or the Middle Ages.  I think we're due for a region after the last two years.  I'm looking forward to the clues...I keep refreshing their social media to see if anything is posted yet.

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Re: 20-21 topic
« Reply #5 on: February 24, 2020, 09:44:25 AM »
They are offering hints on USAD's Facebook page beginning today.  It looks like it could be the 1950s or Cold War? (which would both be great themes!)

https://www.facebook.com/officialacademicdecathlon/?__tn__=%2Cd%2CP-R&eid=ARCcsLX7dAXE9xyU2DNBDeHY4rQK7Cxz7bTckjon_hu47WeFHwSWS7G0SQWHuC6kxCjJdLg6ieAlg-nP
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Re: 20-21 topic
« Reply #6 on: February 25, 2020, 10:39:53 AM »
They are offering hints on USAD's Facebook page beginning today.  It looks like it could be the 1950s or Cold War? (which would both be great themes!)

https://www.facebook.com/officialacademicdecathlon/?__tn__=%2Cd%2CP-R&eid=ARCcsLX7dAXE9xyU2DNBDeHY4rQK7Cxz7bTckjon_hu47WeFHwSWS7G0SQWHuC6kxCjJdLg6ieAlg-nP

I'd go with Cold War.
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Re: 20-21 topic
« Reply #7 on: February 25, 2020, 04:11:03 PM »
Looks like United Nations to me. 3rd clue is Eleanor Roosevelt, US ambassador to UN. 2nd of course is UN. 1st clue is of MacArthur during Korean War - a UN Conflict.

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Re: 20-21 topic
« Reply #8 on: February 25, 2020, 07:01:33 PM »
4th clue shows the Berlin Airlift which seems to lean back towards the Cold War, but I guess you could remotely connect the UN to the blockade and airlift as well. Only thing about the UN would be what could be selected for the literature, music and art? You would have a much broader brush with the Cold War. Although I will say that I hope the lack of willingness of USAD to secure musical rights prevents Billy Joel's We Didn't Start the Fire from being selected if the topic is indeed the Cold War.  I would love 99 Neuf Balloons, however.
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Re: 20-21 topic
« Reply #9 on: February 26, 2020, 07:51:36 AM »
UN art would include murals in their buildings, possibly also World Heritage sites. Music? Chuck Berry's "30 Days" and Eddie Cochran's "Summertime Blues" both mention the United Nations, albeit incorrectly as a court of last resort.

But I'm going with Cold War and the music can include "Death Ray Boogie."
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Re: 20-21 topic
« Reply #10 on: February 26, 2020, 08:52:41 AM »
Yikes. I'm actually really concerned. If the topic is the Cold War, it better not be a bunch of pro-imperialism, anti-communist propaganda.

But we all know it would be.

All I'm saying is, it'd better cover all of the horrific atrocities carried out by the United States and other imperialist nations during that time frame. And not tell the same old ridiculous lies about communism.
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Re: 20-21 topic
« Reply #11 on: February 26, 2020, 12:56:19 PM »
Yikes. I'm actually really concerned. If the topic is the Cold War, it better not be a bunch of pro-imperialism, anti-communist propaganda.

But we all know it would be.

All I'm saying is, it'd better cover all of the horrific atrocities carried out by the United States and other imperialist nations during that time frame. And not tell the same old ridiculous lies about communism.

Chances might be good for a section on Iran and Guatemala coups... Civil War had a good mix of hawkish and dovish essays. Sure, I argued hard with the hawks, but they still gave me food for thought.
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