### My proposed IHSA distribution

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**Mon Mar 30, 2009 1:31 am**With the AdCom meeting coming up, I think it's appropriate to start talking about proposed changes. Because of the sheer variety (taken in the bad sense) in questions, I think the category distribution needs to be refined to make the packet guidelines more specific and emphasize academic questions. Now I know that the IHSA probably will not spring for an ACF-like distribution, but I think this distribution minimizes the preponderance of questions from bad categories while emphasizing questions that reward learning and academic knowledge.

Here it goes:

a. 1/1 US Literature (but no more than 3 questions)

b. 1/1 British Literature (but no more than 3 questions)

c. 1/1 World Literature (but no more than 3 questions)

a. At most 1 question from religion

b. At most 1 question from mythology

c. At most 1 question from philosophy

a. Literature (the non-full subdistribution)

b. RMP (the subdistribution not used)

c. Any one of the following:

i. Vocabulary (which should be uniquely identifying without resorting to limiting the number of words, syllables, or letters, or giving letters in the word or phrase)

ii. Grammar (should be based primarily in grammatical theory)

iii. Literature theory (including forms of literature as well as concepts central to understanding the structure of literature)

iv. Linguistics

a. No more than 1/1 painting

b. No more than 1/1 sculpture

a. At least 1 question from classical music (but no more than 1/1)

a. At most 1 question from Artistic Dance

b. At most 1 question from Architecture

c. At most 1 question from Musical Theatre

a. Art History (in accordance with above guidelines)

b. Music History (in accordance with above guidelines)

c. Visual and Performing Arts (from subdistribution not used)

d. Any one of the following:

i. Art Theory

ii. Music Theory

a. 1/1 US History (but no more than 3 questions)

b. 1/1 European History (but no more than 3 questions)

c. 1/1 World History (but no more than 3 questions)

a. No more than 1 question from Psychology

b. No more than 1 question from Sociology

c. No more than 1 question from Economics (questions should pertain to the curriculum of an advanced macro- or microeconomics course, and should refrain from consumer education topics such as personal finance, consumer banking, the stock market, corporations and their symbols and slogans, and the like)

a. Up to 2 questions from History (in accordance with above guidelines)

b. No more than 1 question from Geography

c. No more than 1 question from Social Sciences (from subdistribution not used)

d. No more than 1 question from Current events

a. 1/1 Biology (but no more than 3 questions)

b. 1/1 Chemistry (but no more than 3 questions)

c. 1/1 Physics (but no more than 3 questions)

a. At least 1 question from Astronomy (but no more than 1/1)

b. At least 1 question from Earth Science (but no more than 1/1)

a. Major science (in accordance with above guidelines)

b. Minor science

c. Health (primarily biologically based)

a. 1/1 Algebra (but no more than 3 questions)

b. 1/1 Geometry, Analytic Geometry, and Trigonometry (but no more than 3 questions)

c. 1/1 Calculus and Pre-Calculus (but no more than 3 questions)

a. Pyramidal math tossup (a series of short problems with the same answer, arranged in descending difficulty order)

b. Math theory and history

c. Computer programming and scripting (should be focused on programming languages and theory, and should be based on an advanced curriculum of a computer programming course—hardware and technology questions should be avoided)

d. Computational math—either:

i. Taken from A above (in accordance with above guidelines)

ii. General math (a catch-all for any math not covered in A; again, this should be primarily based on applying high-school level math concepts)

a. Interdisciplinary (either 1 question or 1/1) (consists of academic clues on an answer from multiple major category distributions, or for a bonus, a set of related answers from different academic disciplines)

b. Pop culture (either 1 question or 1/1)

a. Interdisciplinary or pop culture (in accordance with above guidelines; in particular, this means each will have 1/1)

b. Agriculture

c. Consumer education (personal finance, consumer banking, stock market, corporations and their symbols and slogans, etc.)

d. Drivers education (based on Illinois Rules of the Road)

e. Home economics

f. Industrial arts

g. Journalism

h. Technology

Let me know what you think. I'm always open to suggestions for improvement.

Here it goes:

**LITERATURE & LANGUAGE ARTS 6/6****A. 4/4 Literature (based on academically important works), including at least the following**a. 1/1 US Literature (but no more than 3 questions)

b. 1/1 British Literature (but no more than 3 questions)

c. 1/1 World Literature (but no more than 3 questions)

**B. 1/1 RMP, taken from the following**a. At most 1 question from religion

b. At most 1 question from mythology

c. At most 1 question from philosophy

**C. 1/1 choice, taken from two different ones of a, b, or c below:**a. Literature (the non-full subdistribution)

b. RMP (the subdistribution not used)

c. Any one of the following:

i. Vocabulary (which should be uniquely identifying without resorting to limiting the number of words, syllables, or letters, or giving letters in the word or phrase)

ii. Grammar (should be based primarily in grammatical theory)

iii. Literature theory (including forms of literature as well as concepts central to understanding the structure of literature)

iv. Linguistics

**FINE ARTS 4/4****A. 1/1 Art History**a. No more than 1/1 painting

b. No more than 1/1 sculpture

**B. 1/1 Music History (academically important music as would be studied in a normal music appreciation class, such as [but not limited to] classical, opera, jazz, or ragtime)**a. At least 1 question from classical music (but no more than 1/1)

**C. 1/1 Visual and Performing Arts**a. At most 1 question from Artistic Dance

b. At most 1 question from Architecture

c. At most 1 question from Musical Theatre

**D. 1/1 Choice taken from two different ones of a, b, c, or d below:**a. Art History (in accordance with above guidelines)

b. Music History (in accordance with above guidelines)

c. Visual and Performing Arts (from subdistribution not used)

d. Any one of the following:

i. Art Theory

ii. Music Theory

**SOCIAL STUDIES 6/6****A. 3/3 History, including at least the following:**a. 1/1 US History (but no more than 3 questions)

b. 1/1 European History (but no more than 3 questions)

c. 1/1 World History (but no more than 3 questions)

**B. 1/1 Geography (with clues primarily relating to geography, as opposed to history, demographics, etc.)****C. 1/1 Social Sciences**a. No more than 1 question from Psychology

b. No more than 1 question from Sociology

c. No more than 1 question from Economics (questions should pertain to the curriculum of an advanced macro- or microeconomics course, and should refrain from consumer education topics such as personal finance, consumer banking, the stock market, corporations and their symbols and slogans, and the like)

**D. 1/1 Choice**a. Up to 2 questions from History (in accordance with above guidelines)

b. No more than 1 question from Geography

c. No more than 1 question from Social Sciences (from subdistribution not used)

d. No more than 1 question from Current events

**SCIENCE 6/6****A. 4/4 Major sciences, including at least:**a. 1/1 Biology (but no more than 3 questions)

b. 1/1 Chemistry (but no more than 3 questions)

c. 1/1 Physics (but no more than 3 questions)

**B. 1/1 Minor sciences, taken from the following:**a. At least 1 question from Astronomy (but no more than 1/1)

b. At least 1 question from Earth Science (but no more than 1/1)

**C. 1/1 Choice, taken from two different ones of a, b, or c**a. Major science (in accordance with above guidelines)

b. Minor science

c. Health (primarily biologically based)

**MATH 6/6****A. 4/4 computational math (should be focused primarily on applying math techniques learned in a high school curriculum—NOT IN CRUNCHING NUMBERS), including at least the following:**a. 1/1 Algebra (but no more than 3 questions)

b. 1/1 Geometry, Analytic Geometry, and Trigonometry (but no more than 3 questions)

c. 1/1 Calculus and Pre-Calculus (but no more than 3 questions)

**B. 1/1 noncomputational math theory and history (concepts from mathematics, including theorems, mathematical entities, and mathematicians and groups of people from their significant mathematical achievements)****C. 1/1 choice, including any two different ones of a, b, c, or d below:**a. Pyramidal math tossup (a series of short problems with the same answer, arranged in descending difficulty order)

b. Math theory and history

c. Computer programming and scripting (should be focused on programming languages and theory, and should be based on an advanced curriculum of a computer programming course—hardware and technology questions should be avoided)

d. Computational math—either:

i. Taken from A above (in accordance with above guidelines)

ii. General math (a catch-all for any math not covered in A; again, this should be primarily based on applying high-school level math concepts)

**MISCELLANEOUS 2/2****A. 3 questions from:**a. Interdisciplinary (either 1 question or 1/1) (consists of academic clues on an answer from multiple major category distributions, or for a bonus, a set of related answers from different academic disciplines)

b. Pop culture (either 1 question or 1/1)

**B. 1 question from any of the following:**a. Interdisciplinary or pop culture (in accordance with above guidelines; in particular, this means each will have 1/1)

b. Agriculture

c. Consumer education (personal finance, consumer banking, stock market, corporations and their symbols and slogans, etc.)

d. Drivers education (based on Illinois Rules of the Road)

e. Home economics

f. Industrial arts

g. Journalism

h. Technology

Let me know what you think. I'm always open to suggestions for improvement.