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Educational Resources

Ethics content and resources designed for the classroom

The Prindle Institute for Ethics wants to serve educators with our content and educational resources. Whether you’re a Putnam County fifth grade teacher or a professor in California, we’ve got the resources you need to engage your students with ethics.

The Prindle Post as a classroom tool

The Prindle Post is the Prindle Institute’s online source for pieces that examine and explain the ethical dimensions of current events and culture. The articles are written for a general audience (in other words, they have very little jargon!) that includes high schoolers, college students and life-long learners.

If you are an educator interested in incorporating The Prindle Post in your classroom, we have a few different options for you to explore.

  • Visit www.prindlepost.org every day to find new articles on ethics in the news and culture. A selected number of pieces have classroom discussion questions provided. You can find them on The Prindle Post’s educational resources page.
  • Request free copies of The Prindle Post print edition for use in your classroom by contacting Christiane Wisehart (christianewisehart@depauw.edu).
    • Each print edition comes with a free set of worksheets and questions for each article. We might even throw in a couple of stickers for those A+ students.

Examining Ethics podcast in the classroom

Examining Ethics producers sit behind microphones in a recording booth
Your new favorite podcast

Scholars can be difficult to understand if you’re not one yourself. Examining Ethics is a podcast that translates big ideas from some of the country’s leading ethicists, philosophers and scholars into language we can all understand. We’ve covered everything from the ethics in Dungeons and Dragons to forgiveness¬†to Frankenstein, all in a way that’s designed to appeal to high schoolers, college students and life-long learners.

High school teachers and college professors alike use the podcast in their classroom to help provoke discussion. We’re currently developing discussion questions for each episode. We’ve also got some fun ideas up our sleeve about creating workshops to teach podcasting as a classroom project. Contact Christiane Wisehart (christianewisehart@depauw.edu) for more information or to provide suggestions for more resources we could provide your classroom.

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Castle Arts

The Prindle Institute for Ethics regularly partners with The Castle, a local Putnam County organization that works to invigorate the curriculum of area schools through arts integration and project-based learning. Prindle and The Castle typically collaborate on 3-4 workshops a semester with the help of a dedicated Hillman intern, and together they reach hundreds of local students a year with lessons incorporating moral reasoning and ethical thought.

For more information about The Castle, visit their website.

Ethics Bowl

Four high school students sitting behind a table discussing their strategy at a high school ethics bowl competition at the Prindle Institute
Constructive and civil dialogue are the cornerstones of ethics bowl competitions

Ethics bowl is a debate-style competition that focuses on contemporary moral problems. It’s a fantastic teaching tool because unlike typical debate competitions, the judging criterion focuses more on key elements of constructing a well-reasoned argument in a civil manner. We’re home to a variety of opportunities to participate in ethics bowl programming. We’re the home of the annual Indiana High School Ethics Bowl competition and each summer, we also host an invitational for the nation’s top high school ethics bowl teams.

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