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High School Ethics Bowls

Looking to incorporate creative thinking and discussions about complex topics in your high school? Do you have an existing debate team that is looking for something different? Then think about joining the Chicago Regional High School Ethics Bowl!

We are currently recruiting teams who are interested in being a part of the competition, and will be posting more information about the event in the next few months. For more information, please contact Kelly Laas at

National High School Competition

National High School Ethics Bowl sponsored by the Parr Center for Ethics. Also includes information about regional competitions.

About the Ethics Bowl

Frequenty Asked Questions 
Put together by the Parr Center for Ethics, this page gives a concise overview of what the ethics bowl is and why high schools might wish to participate in an ethics bowl competition. 

Ethics Bowl Overview
A brief history of the development of the ethics bowl, its format, and its educational value.

Ladenson, Robert. "The Educational Significance of the Ethics Bowl" Teaching Ethics 1.1 (2001): 63-78.
This is an excellent article discussing in detail the development of the ethics bowl and what students take away from participating in an ethics bowl competition.

Planning a School or Multi-School Ethics Bowl Competition

PLATO (Philosophy Learning and Teaching Organization) - Forming an Ethics Bowl Team
This page gives a detailed explanation of what is needed to begin a high school ethics bowl competition. Also available is a full guide including example rules, answers to frequently asked questions, and tips for coaching students written by Matt Deaton, Tennessee University Philosophy Department.

Also see the Parr Center for Ethics Resources for New Teams

Model Rules for a High School Ethics Bowl Competition

Model Score Sheet for Team 1

Model Score Sheet for Team 2

Judges Training Video
This video, developed for the APPE Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl, discusses how judges should score an ethics bowl competition. The video itself show the final match from an actual ethics bowl competition between college students.

Video of an Ethics Bowl Competition
Video clips, including a number of videos of full competitiosn as well as an introductory video about the ethics bowl.

In Class Ethics Bowl
short guide for how to go about organizing an in-class ethics bowl for a philosophy, sociology, history or almost any other type of high school course where ethical issues are discussed.

Sources for Case Studies

Case Study Archive
A collection of hundreds of case studies used in the APPE Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl.

Ethics Education Library
A database of resources on teaching ethics. Includes a collection of 1,500 different case studies searchable by discipline, subject, and keyword. Includes all cases developed for the APPE Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl, as well as other ethics bowl competitions.

The Parr Center published a series of cases for their 2010-2011, and 2011-2012 high school competition, and the NHSEB has published their 2013 cases

You may also want to try and develop your own cases based on current events being reported in the Chicago Tribune, New York Times, Washington Post, or other news resources.

Further Resources

APPE Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl 
The official web site for the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl sponsored by the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics. Many of the rules used in high school ethics bowls are modeled off of the official APPE Ethics Bowl rules, and their web site also includes a collection of case studies used in past competitions.