Collaborative Discussions of Complex Ethical Dilemmas
The National High School Ethics Bowl (NHSEB) promotes respectful, supportive, and rigorous discussion of ethics among thousands of high school students nationwide. Each fall the NHSEB releases a set of cases covering a broad range of issues, which then serve as the focus for the year. Teams meet together regularly with a coach to research the cases, discuss the issues they raise, and identify clearly how they think those issues should be addressed. Wrapped around this work is a model for the competitions that rewards students for the depth of their thought, their ability to think carefully and analytically about complex issues, and the respect they show to the diverse perspectives of their peers. The Parr Center for Ethics, located at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is home and headquarters of the NHSEB, overseeing Regional Competitions and hosting the National Competition each April. The 2019–2020 NHSEB season will begin in early September with the release of the 2019–2020 Rules & Procedures, the Regional Case Set, and NHSEB online registration form for schools. The season will conclude on February 5, 2020. The 2020 Nationals will take place at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on April 17–19, 2020. If you would like to start a high school ethics bowl team or regional competition in your area, the NHSEB website provides helpful resources and other useful information.
Since 2013 the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’sScholarly Communicationsprogram has been making a series of grants to help diversify the body of primary source evidence available to, for example, activists, artists, researchers in humanities fields, community historians, genealogists, teachers, and students. These grants are designed to support and strengthen a body of archival practice called community-based archiving.
Imagineering in a Box is designed to pull back the curtain to show students in middle school and high school how artists, designers, and engineers work together to create theme parks. The program, from Khan Academy, takes a behind-the-scenes look with Disney Imagineers and makes it an active learning experience by weaving together videos and exercises into lessons that culminate in student-driven projects.
The Kids Philosophy Slam is designed to make philosophy accessible and engaging for youth of all ages and abilities, to promote a philosophical dialogue between youth and adults, and to increase awareness of philosophy and education in everyday life. More than $2,500 in prizes is available to students and schools.