On Saturday, February 29, Princeton Academy Middle School students traveled to Summit to participate in the second annual NJ Middle School Ethics Bowl hosted by The Ethics Institute at Kent Place School.
Modeled after the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl and the National High School Ethics Bowl (Regional and National Competitions), the NJ Middle School Ethics Bowl involves teams of students from grades 5 through 8 analyzing a series of wide-ranging ethical dilemmas.
Twenty-six teams from 15 schools from across New Jersey participated in the bowl: All Saints Episcopal Day School, Benjamin Franklin Middle School, Dwight-Englewood School, Far Brook School, Far Hills Country Day School, Gill St. Bernard's School, Greenbrook Middle School, Hilltop Country Day School, The Hudson School, Kent Place School, Lincoln School, The Peck School, Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart, Stevens Cooperative School, and The Willow School.
An Ethics Bowl is not a debate between the teams, instead, it's a collaborative event during which students discuss their understanding of the ethical issues presented in each case presented. They defend whichever position they think is correct, provide each other with constructive criticism, and win by demonstrating that they have thought rigorously and systematically about the cases and engaged respectfully and supportively with all participants.
The Ethics Institute at Kent Place School shared that "data from National High School Ethics Bowl (NHSEB) surveys show that this event teaches and promotes ethical awareness, critical thinking, civil discourse, civic engagement, and an appreciation for multiple points of view."
Princeton Academy's team of seven participated in two rounds of competition consisting of two matches each. During the matches, they thoughtfully discussed four different case studies.
Congratulations to the team who represented Princeton Academy as gentlemen scholars and thank you to faculty coordinators Taylor Kenyon and Denise Quenault!