Monday, February 18, 2013

Will You or Your Students Qualify for IPO 2013?


In 2011, the International Philosophy Olympiad was celebrated in Vienna, Austria. It was the first time the USA participated in almost a decade. The USA sent two students. Last year, IPO was celebrated in Oslo, Norway. This year it’s in Odense, Denmark in May. Two American students may qualify. Two is the maximum number of students any country, except for the host country, may send to participate.

In order to participate, an American high school student must study philosophy and be able to write well in French, German, or Spanish. English is the only other official language of the IPO, but a competitor may not write in his or her national language. There is no official language of the USA, but English is the de facto language of this country. In 2011, the two American competitors wrote in Spanish.

The infrastructure of the American Philosophy Olympiad is not yet totally organized as a national competition the way we want it to be, but we are participating and evolving. If you would like to participate in APO 2013 for a chance to qualify for IPO 2013, follow the information in the flyer below. Or, if you are a pre-college philosophy teacher, you may follow the same information to share it with your students. Good luck.