The Department of Philosophy and Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock hosts the Arkansas High School Ethics Bowl. The champion team of the Arkansas High School Ethics Bowl advances to compete in the National High School Ethics Bowl.
What is an Ethics Bowl?
Differing from long established debate competitions, the Ethics Bowl is a venue that encourages collaborative engagement in serious moral discourse. Teams consider and discuss cases drawn from current events, which range from social and political issues (voting rights, capital punishment, gun control), to environmental concerns (sustainable growth and development), to professional worries (hiring practices, workplace safety), to issues arising in the classroom (grade inflation, plagiarism). Teams have a couple of months to prepare the cases, though they do not know the specific question posed for a given case until they face another team. Teams from high schools across the country compete at the regional level, and winners then go to the national competition where one team emerges victorious. Emphasis is on reasoning and the ability to engage in civil, rational discourse rather than on persuasion. The scores of three judges who are recruited from both the academy and the professions determine winners. The competition can be fierce and the winning margins tight. Still, the atmosphere is unceasingly civil and collegial. (See these informational videos and other resources from the National Bowl.)
2016 Arkansas High School Ethics Bowl
The 4th Annual Arkansas High School Ethics Bowl took place on January 30, 2016, at the Reynolds Center for Business and Economic Development at UALR. Arkansas State Senator Joyce Elliott gave the keynote address.
Little Rock Central High School (pictured at the top of the page) took first place. Episcopal Collegiate School came in second, and Decatur High School third. Other participating schools: Conway Christian School, Cotter High School, J. A. Fair High School, Hot Springs High School, Northside High School, and Joe T. Robinson High School.
The Spirit of the Ethics Bowl Award – voted on at the conclusion of the competition each year by all of the participating students – went to Kerpink Williams of J. A. Fair High School.
Registration will open for the 2017 High School Ethics Bowl in Fall 2016.
For more information about the Arkansas High School Ethics Bowl, contact:
Dr. Michael Norton (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Department of Philosophy and Interdisciplinary Studies
University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Stabler Hall, Room 307
2801 S. University Ave.
Little Rock, AR 72204