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Third annual Ethics Bowl to be held Jan. 11 in PBC

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The School District of Palm Beach County and the Department of Student Intervention Services are pleased to announce the Third Annual High School Ethics Bowl which will be held on Saturday, January 11th, 2014 at Palm Springs Community Middle School.

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Ethics Bowls are very useful to students, schools and community in whom such an endeavor is viewed as significant and valuable. Ethics is a requirement for human life. It is our means of deciding a course of action. Without it, our actions would be random and aimless. There would be no way to work towards a goal because there would be no way to pick between a limitless numbers of goals. Even with an ethical standard, we may be unable to pursue our goals with the possibility of success. To the degree which a rational ethical standard is taken, we are able to correctly organize our goals and actions to accomplish our most important values. Any flaw in our ethics will reduce our ability to be successful in our endeavors.

Seventeen schools with a total of 26 teams of students are participating indicating nearly doubling the number of last year’s ethics bowl. The community is invited to support the teams, schools and their coaches as they demonstrate their interest in, enthusiasm for and commitment to the event.

An ethics bowl is a collaborative, yet competitive event which provides an educational experience for students to increase their understanding of current, complex social issues. The bowl enhances students’ sense of ethical commitment by demonstrating the importance of virtues and values in decision making. Ethics bowl discussion promotes independent, critical thinking skills and creates respect for the positions of others.

PBC schools participating in the upcoming event: Atlantic, Boca Raton, Forest Hill, John I. Leonard, Jupiter, Lake Worth, Olympic Heights, Oxbridge Academy, Palm Beach Central, Palm Beach Gardens, Palm Beach Lakes, Santaluces, South Intensive Transition, Spanish River, Suncoast, Turning Points, West Boca, and William T. Dwyer High Schools. The team coaches have been working with their students on actual bowl cases in order to prepare them for the competition. Topics include issues such as the use of conscientious objection, physician assisted suicide and security versus privacy.

Community and business leaders, local government officials, and school district personnel serve as judges and moderators. The winning team receives an invitation to compete at the Second National High School Ethics Bowl on April 4-5, 2014 at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. This event is the culmination of a partnership between UNC and the Parr Center for Ethics. (Sponsors of the ethics bowl are Palm Beach State College Center for Applied Ethics; Palm Beach County Bar Association, Young Lawyers and North County Sections; Park Avenue BBQ & Grille).

REF: SDPBC (Press Release) Public Affairs Office Dec. 2013

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