Boston High School Ethics Bowl

Next spring will be a wonderful time for Bostonians.  We will be holding the first High School Ethics Bowl, from which 1 or 2 teams will earn places in the 2nd National High School Ethics Bowl.

An ethics bowl is a collaborative debate competition.  Students are given cases such as “should we provide Taliban fighters with medical aid?” or “is using ADHD medication without a prescription cheating?” months in advance, then meet to discuss their positions in front of several judges.  After all is said and done, two teams remain to hash it out in the final round.  It is truly wonderful experience to watch students work through these issues, and they never fail to shock with brilliant new interpretations.

We are still in the planning phases, and hope to have more information about when and where.  For now, any students or faculty interested in forming a team, any professionals interested in coaching or judging, and any person interested in volunteering should contact Roger Hunt by email: roger_hunt@concordacademy.org

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Boston Ethics Bowl Golf Tournament

Do you like thinking?  Do you life golf?  Do you like thinking while playing golf?  Hopefully, you answered yes, yes, no…

While philosophy can certainly inform golf, and golf can certainly inform philosophy, doing both at the same time is a recipe for snap hooks and high slices into someone’s back yard.

That’s why we are separating them!  Come play golf at Marlborough Country Club on Monday Sept 30th to support, not engage in, the philosophical education of our students.  Your golf and all other associate expenses are tax-deductible as they will be supporting college scholarships for high school students participating in the Boston Regional High School Ethics Bowl.

Contact Roger Hunt at roger_hunt@concordacademy.org for more information!

HEY, HIGH SCHOOLERS: Summer Ethics and SAT Course

Countless students will spend the summer couped up in a dry classroom or in front of a computer screen practicing SAT questions.  While rote memorization and learning the structure of SAT questions is necessary, blindly practicing for a single test is no way to go through life or even get a top score.  The top scores on the SAT are earned by the strong test takers and well-read students.

There is another approach: study ethics! You will encounter wonderfully interesting issues, which will stay with you for life, increase your vocabulary, improve reading comprehension, and practice writing skills.  Not only that but you will gain first hand experience analyzing and presenting your own view on contemporary ethical issues such as animal testing, social justice, euthanasia, and the death penalty.

Participating in the 5 week summer course will also prepare you for the Boston Regional Ethics Bowl and Essay competition.  You will discuss creating a team, running practices, and finding a faculty advisor.

For information about signing up for one of the 5 week sessions contact:

Joo Lee from Eduwell Tutoring Services at joolee911@hotmail.com