The National High School Ethics Bowl (NHSEB) promotes respectful, supportive, and rigorous discussion of ethics among 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, to discuss the issues they raise, and, to identify clearly how they think those issues should be addressed. Wrapped around this work is a model for the competitions that 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. As a result, the NHSEB cultivates the virtues central to democratic citizenship, and prepares students to navigate challenging moral issues in a systematic and open-minded way.
Last year (2015-16), approximately 2,680 high school students spent a year studying cases, discussing important ethical issues, and learning how to think fruitfully about morally complex situations. These students hail from over 335 teams in North America, representing 218 schools, competing in 29 regionals in 22 states and the Providence of Manitoba. NHSEB emphasizes the inclusion of all students from a variety of high schools: public, private, parochial, charter, and homeschool.
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.