Middle School Ethics Bowl

This year the Portland State University Department of Philosophy is hosting a Middle School Ethics Bowl on Saturday, February 4th, 2023.

What is an Ethics Bowl?
The Ethics Bowl has some similarities to the High School Speech and Debate and the “We the People” Constitution competition, but focuses on dialogue rather than debate. Students present their cases to and receive feedback from distinguished judges from Oregon’s university, business, and not-for-profit communities. Though it is a competition, the goal is to give the strongest possible analysis of complex ethical issues through civic engagement with other students and judges.

Why participate in the Oregon Middle School Ethics Bowl?

  • Critical Thinking
  • Teamwork/Collaboration
  • Media literacy
  • Social responsibility
  • Public speaking
  • College readiness
  • Opportunity for cross cultural exchange
  • FUN!

The Oregon Middle School Ethics Bowl follows the Guidelines for the National High School Ethics Bowl, with the following exceptions.

Which cases will students be discussing?
4. Happy to Be Alone
5. Separate but Ethical?
9. Do Innocents Pay the Price?
11. Parental Controls

Portland State University students are available to help you get started.

Professor Alex Sager