Clackamas, Oregon City high schools field teams in Ethics Bowl
Hot-button issues took center stage Feb. 10 as dozens of high school students from the Portland metro area spent a day arguing about what's right and wrong.
The Portland State University's Philosophy Department hosted the annual Oregon High School Ethics Bowl.
Alex Sager, an associate professor of philosophy and department chair, said the competition promotes critical thinking skills about wide-ranging ethical dilemmas and encourages students to listen to the opposing team's arguments and incorporate them into their own.
"It teaches high school students how to engage in civil discourse and talk about things they may feel strongly about, but in a way that is respectful to other people," Sager said.
The issues, many drawn from real-world scenarios, range from driverless cars to school choice and gentrification. In the fall, teams — made up of about three to five students — got a set of case studies to begin preparing.