As Coordinator for the Virginia High School Ethics Bowl, I invite you to consider coaching an Ethics Bowl team from your school to participate in the Virginia High School Ethics Bowl National Qualifying Event. Registration is open to a maximum of ten teams this year, and the Virginia High School Ethics Bowl proudly welcomes teams of 9-12 grade students from public and independent schools. The tournament will be held on Saturday, December 4, 2021
in partnership with Virginia Commonwealth University's Department of Philosophy.
The Virginia High School Ethics Bowl is an annual qualifying event for the National High School Ethics Bowl, to be held at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill through their Parr Center for Ethics.
This year, The Parr Center for Ethics at UNC Chapel Hill, who oversees the National High School Ethics Bowl, is committed to bringing the National High School Ethics Bowl experience to students around the country, even with the challenges presented by COVID-19 and spent last year reworking the national structure to accommodate the needs of regional competitions in this COVID-19 era.
In part, that means that they invested heavily in the creation of National High School Ethics Bowl app that serves as an all-inclusive digital platform, allowing Zoom-based competition that recreates the format of the Bowl - including the cases popping up on screen for all to see, places for students to take notes on screen, timed sessions for each part of competition, automated breakout rooms, places to enter judges' scoring, and all other necessary aspects of competition. All this would be populated based on the number of participating schools and corresponding necessary judges and moderators.
In case you are not familiar with Ethics Bowls, here is a basic explanation:
Student teams will compete by presenting a position in response to questions about real-world cases, with a heavy emphasis on the intersection of ethics with economics and public policy decision making. The teams will articulate and defend their positions, thinking through the issues and giving special attention to the moral aspects of the case. The competition in the Ethics Bowl lies solely in how clearly and wisely a team can state its position; unlike a traditional debate, the purpose is clarity of thought - reasonableness over mere rhetoric. The final round will include the two teams who have emerged out of competing in our previous rounds of competition.
|We are very pleased to be hosting the eighth annual National Qualifying Event in Virginia, and we hope you'll join us. Times for the event will be determined based on the number of participating schools, as it's a tournament.
Thank you for your interest,
Virginia High School Ethics Bowl Coordinator