PBCSD, FAU Partner for Ethics Bowl
WEST PALM BEACH- The School District of Palm Beach County and the LeRoy Collins Public Ethics Academy at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) have entered into a partnership to host the Regional High School Ethics Bowl.
The Ethics Bowl is primarily an educational experience with two fundamental purposes: the development of ethical understanding in connection with complex, ambiguous, and difficult cases to resolve; and the fostering of key virtues associated with democratic deliberation, thereby cultivating the virtues central to democratic citizenship, and preparing students to navigate challenging moral issues in a systematic and open-minded way.
“The goal of the Ethics Bowl is to increase students’ awareness and sensitivity to ethical issues, to encourage collaborative thinking and to promote civil discourse,” said Peter Cruise, executive director of FAU’s LeRoy Collins Public Ethics Academy.
During the Ethics Bowl competition, teams are presented with the issues which they have the opportunity to study and analyze and are asked questions about the cases, and are then judged on the quality of their analysis of each situation, with the format of the competition allowing for teams to respond to each other, and to respond to questions from the judges.
The partnership will provide students with a quality academic experience and sustainable competition by working with their school-based coaches and FAU faculty members and graduate students as they study ethical theory and develop effective lines of reasoning. FAU faculty members and graduate students will also assist in judging the competition.
“This partnership will provide our students with a tremendous opportunity for a sustainable competition. School district, community and university faculty members, graduate students, and undergraduate students support participants by providing coaching and insight into ethical theory and effective lines of reasoning, and by serving as judges and moderators for the competition,” said Keith Oswald, Deputy Superintendent of the School District of Palm Beach County. “Our students will flourish through this experience of interacting with scholars in this field.”
The Ethics Bowl is scheduled for Saturday, January 18, 2020 and will be hosted at the Boca Raton Campus of FAU. The Ethics Bowl is comprised of teams of high school students from Palm Beach County and other counties in southeast Florida.
About Ethics Bowl: The National High School Ethics Bowl (NHSEB) promotes respectful, supportive, and rigorous discussion of ethics among thousands of high school students nationwide, with the Parr Center for Ethics, located at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as home and headquarters of the NHSEB, overseeing Regional Competitions and hosting the National Competition annually, while the Department of Teaching & Learning within the School District of Palm Beach County (SDPBC) serves as the regional organizer for the Southeast Florida area.
For more information on Ethics Bowl contact Dr. Becky Youngman, Manager, Teaching & Learning -Advanced Academics/Gifted, College Readiness, Literacy & World Languages, School District of Palm Beach County, at (561) 432-6344 and Dr. Peter L. Cruise, Executive Director, The LeRoy Collins Public Ethics Academy. Florida Atlantic University-Broward Campuses at (561) 297-4049.