What is a High School Ethics Bowl?
Ethics Bowl is a competition in which students gather to discuss ethical issues and compete in offering arguments for the positions they take. The competitors are judged on their ability to offer articulate, well-informed, and reasonable arguments. Teams participate in multiple rounds of head-to-head competition. Panels of three judges—university faculty, graduate students, and other members of the community—score the rounds while a moderator manages the event.
For information and an introduction into ethics bowls read Matt Deaton's Ethics in a Nutshell: An Intro for Ethics Bowlers.
The Parr Center is the sponsor and governing body of the National High School Ethics Bowl (NHSEB). The NHSEB refers to both the national movement of high schools to organize ethics bowls as well as the championship event, the first of which took place in April of 2013!
In 2011, the Parr Center also began hosting the Triangle High School Ethics Bowl, which quickly grew into the North Carolina High School Ethics Bowl.
The second annual NHSEB is taking place April 4-5, 2014 at the Kenan-Flagler Business School. To learn more about the details of this year's event and about the general format of what takes place during an ethics bowl, listen to Jan Boxill's interview with WCHL.