Ethics For Children, Tweens & Teens

Here, young humans empower their ethical development, create life-long freindships, and stand up with care and courage for a GOOD WORLD through action.

SPRING DEED FEST.... LET'S GROW!

The Spring Festival of DEEDS at Ethical NYC. invites all to move into a season FULL of  PERSONAL AND SOCIETAL SELF-DEVELOPMENT THROUGH DEED...
The Trash Puppets narrate talk to each other about the plight of their existence in short animated  film by Young Ethical Explorers and Amy Reid
"Let's plant the world as a Forest of Love"
Sponsor our Young Ethical Explorers to walk the Aids Walk in May 
The tables are arranged as the Ethical Culture Symbol, with participatory DEEDS  all over  THE  ETHICAL BODY
From the gut, "talking trash" is an invitation to make puppet dialogues about the plight of trash.
While at the heart level. there's the SEED DEED -- to drop seed explosions all around the city.
Exploring non-dairy alternatives...
Donating Underwear to children ages 2-18 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
www.bumi-rdc.org
Our tables are designed like the Ethical symbol as we contemplate the idea of the year: Ethical Infinity
Seed Secrets are "positive litter" created from clay, compost and seeds.
Ethical children are leading the way, inviting the society members to BYO.... Bring Your Own.... Utinsels, plates, napkins, coffee cups, and water bottles.
At the "head" is our consciousness.  Our leader Anne Klaeysen presides.
The Ethical Future and the weaving of ethical Memory are side by side.
The invitation here is to...
Give yourself a "placebo power" character
A thought-friend you can draw upon whenever things overwhelm you. 
THE ETHICAL BODY, embodied by the arrangement of our festival space. 

Invitation to Ethical's Spring GREEN Fest


Ethical NYC Spring Festival!  
Sunday, March 17, 11am
All Are Welcome


Intergenerational Fun! 
Children and adults of all ages! 

Retooling & Refueling
our Commitments to 
GREEN PRACTICES

For Black History Month

The Montgomery Bus Boycott Story: 
(sung to the tune of Wheels on the Bus)
created by Audrey Kindred

Intention: 
This is an easeful way to share an important and intense historical story about racial justice, 
and the struggle of the Civil Rights movement to achieve greater racial harmony and equality in America.

Action Note:  
A group can spontaneously gesture-drama this song,  as one would with the traditional version of Wheels on the Bus.
It is a resource for the grade-level ages who are studying Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. For both young and fluent readers, it's a perfect print-up. 

The updated version includes teen-activist Claudette Colvin as well as Rosa Parks.  The biography of Claudette Colvin was written for young readers, Twice Toward Justice, by Phillip Hoose is an important and oft-untold story that took place within the early moments of the Civil Rights Movement, this time of immense American development.


Throughout the text, there are terms, which can grow the social studies vocabulary of children. 

Suggestions from readers are all welcome!!!

Lyrics Note: 
Emphatic sounds of the rhythm are underlined when necessary. 
The bold words get repeated twice.

The wheels 
   on the bus 
      went round and round...
The wheels 
   on the bus 
      went round and round
Way back when, 
   in Montgomery town.
This story 
   happened
      several decades ago.
This story 
   happened 
      several decades ago
The year was 
    1955.

The story 
   teaches us to 
       stand up for justice.
It teaches us
    to stand up 
       for justice.
So our world 
    can be more FAIR.

The rules 
    on this bus
       let some folks sit,
The rules
    on the bus
       let some folks sit,
…if the color of their skin was light.

Those rules 
  were
     unfair and wrong...
Those rules 
  were
     unfair and wrong...
This song tells how 
   things have changed.

A driver told
   people  
     "You can’t sit there.
A driver told
   people, 
     "You can’t sit there
if your skin is brown."

Separating people 
   by 
    the color of their skin
Separating people 
   by 
    the color of their skin
Was a rule called
   Segregation.

Many brave people 
    protested those rules
Many brave people
    protested those rules
And they were punished
    for doing right.


A brave teen bus-rider
  named
    Claudette Colvin
A brave teen bus-rider
  named
    Claudette Colvin
Was grabbed and
    locked in jail.

"With Sojourner Truth
on one shoulder
and Harriet Tubman on the other shoulder,"
Claudette Colvin could not get up!
"History had me glued to the seat"

The N, double A, C, P helped 
her get out of jail.
The NAACP helped 
her get out of jail.
and there she met 
Rosa Parks.
 (note:  NAACP:  National Association for the Advancement of Colored People)

Ms. Parks invited Claudette 
to speak to youth
Ms. Parks invited Claudette 
to speak to youth 
At the N, double A, C, P.
 (note:  National Association for the Advancement of Colored People)


The N, double A, C, P
   is an 
     important institution
The N, double A, C, P
   is an 
      important institution
Working hard for equal rights. 

History books say that
Rosa sparked change
History books say that 
Rosa sparked change
By getting arrested 
on the Montgomry bus.

Rosa Parks
   had 
     worked all day 
Rosa Parks
   had 
     worked all day.
At the NAACP.


Rosa Parks 
  said, 
   "I'm tired and I’ll sit"
Rosa Parks 
  said, 
   "I'm tired and I’ll sit."
I won't give up my seat!


The driver on the bus 
   said "You must 
       obey the rules."
The driver on the bus 
   said "You must 
       obey the rules.
Even if the rules
     are unfair."


Rosa Parks
  said,  "No, I’m 
        tired of one thing"
Rosa Park
  said
     "I’m tired of one thing
I’m tired 
   of giving in!"

The Policeman said
  "Ms. Parks! We’re
        taking you to jail."
The Policeman said
  "Ms. Parks!  We’re
        taking you to jail.
Just for
   sitting in that seat."

People in the town
   said 
     "The rules are unfair!"
People of the town
   said 
     "The rules are unfair!
Racist laws
   need to change!"

"To stand up
   for justice, 
     we’ll walk instead
To stand up
   for justice, 
     we’ll walk instead
Of taking
   a racist bus-ride."

The wheels
   on the bus 
      went round and round 
The wheels
   on the bus 
      went round and round
but people
   walked and walked.

The manager
    of the bus said 
       "We're loosing money!"
The manager
    of the bus said 
       "We're loosing money!
 When people
      don't ride our bus."

The people 
   of the town 
     said "Change those rules
The people
   of the town
     said "Change those rules
Then
   we'll ride your bus"

They walked 
   in the winter
      and the spring and the sun,
They walked
   in the winter
      and the spring and the sun
They walked for over a year.

They also 
    carpooled to 
       help one another 
  They also 
    carpooled to 
       help one another 
Let's boycott that bus!
    

A great leader 
   named Dr. 
     Martin Luther King
A leader
   named Dr.
     Martin Luther King, Jr. 
      stood up for Rosa Parks.
Dr. Martin Luther King
    shared 
       a dream for the future
Dr. Martin Luther King
    shared 
       a dream for the future
He dreamed of 
    racial integration.
      

"I have 
   a dream"
      of equality for all.
"I have 
   a dream"
      of equality for all.
Let's protest with our Love.

The boycott of the bus
    lasted 
       ten whole months
The boycott of the bus
    lasted 
       ten whole months
But the bus laws finally changed. 

Now, the wheels
   on the bus
      go round and round
Now, the wheels
   on the bus
      go round and round
Equal rides for every one.

Standing up
   for fairness
      we're not alone
Standing up
   for fairness
      we're not alone
Justice is on our side!

Claudette Colvin
    went to court to
       change racist laws
Claudette Colvin
   went to court to
       change racist laws
The Supreme Court of the Land.

Dr. King and Ms. Parks
   became 
       Civil Rights Heros
Dr. King and Ms. Parks
   became 
       Civil Rights Heros
of Non-violent Revolution.


People worked 
   together in 
      the Civil Rights Movement
People worked 
   together in 
      the Civil Rights Movement 
to make the world a better place.

Judging people
     by their color
         is prejudice
Judging people
     by their color
         is prejudice.
Whether their skin is
    dark or light.

Like Dr. King said, 
   "The content of 
         your character"
Like Dr. King said,  
    The content of 
         your character
Is how everyone shall be judged.

The Content of your 
    character  is 
     how you act
The content of your 
    character  is 
     how you act
And the values that you portray.

When we all do our best
   for 
     humanity 
When we all do our best
    for 
       humanity
The human family includes 
      EVERYONE! 

Young and Mighty Activists



 Young Ethical explores ventured out to Sunnyside, queens for the young and mighty March for children’s voices, October 23. 
Miles took leadership in the chanting, leading “when I say young you say Mighty,
Oberon kept the beat on the symbol through the whole March. Eda was among the youngest marchers and have a thrilling time Up high on dad’s shoulders.
 And Marifer Shared a speech with the crowd about her activism to petition for recess as play instead of as TV.
Marifer and Audrey taught the crowd a song in honor of Wangari Maathai

 Peace begins in our hearts
That’s where it comes from, where it starts.
Planted Blake a seed,
Let it grow strong like a tree.

Peace begins in our hearts
That’s where it comes from, where it starts.
Let’s plant the world
As a forest
Of love 

Happy Bones Festival




A great September welcomes ALL

Young Ethical Explorers (YEE)
meets every Sunday at 11, except for major holidays.
Open to all ages — with projects that connect us as brothers and sisters in “the human family” as well as peer dialogues about the ethics of our lives .


COMING OF AGE:  Children in their second decade may be interested in a Coming of Age group beginning in 2019.  If so, parent and youth info & envisioning-session will be scheduled. Please RSVP with interests and questions to YoungEthicalExplorers@gmail.com.  You may visit www.EthicalComingOfAge.blogspot.com
 for some information. 


YEE Programming open to all ages 


Color Harmony from Color Chaos

Color Chaos? No, Color Harmony!
Story by children: Gabriel, Katie, Lillian, Marifer, Siddharth, and adults Nildania and Audrey with prompts by Deepali of Writefully Ours
Creative Inspiration: Lynn Rowe Reed’s Color Chaos

Characters:
Green = Peace
Blue = Effort
Yellow = Hope
Purple = Joy
Red-Violent = Anger to Resolution
Turquoise = Calm
Red = Love
Principal  Mr Greystone

Narrator
One day, I made an announcement: “I want to be an illustrator!” My mother bought me a big box of crayons. I put them in my backpack and dashed off to school. Just inside the school I met our new substitute principal, Mr Greystone. His No’s went on and on. NO Running, NO Shouting, NO hopping, No Singing! In my classroom Mrs Peters wrote the schedule on the board. I saw that I would have to wait a long time to use my new crayons…after math, reading, testing, lunch, recess, spelling bee and science. 
At lunchtime I smuggled my crayons into the cafeteria. Next to the lunch line was Mr Greystone’s new board. We tried out Marvelous Magenta, Dandelion Yellow, and Periwinkle Blue and 61 other colors. When Mr. Greystone came in, he blew his stack! Art supplies in all colors were collected for disposal, recess was canceled. We got extra spelling words. 
“There will be NO more crayons, NO more markers, NO more colors of any kind!”
Meanwhile, inside the trash can, the colors started talking and bickering.”HOW WILL WE EVER GET OUT OF HERE,” said Black. “Shh..be quiet. Let’s stay hopeful as we work together to plan our escape,” said Hopeful Yellow. “Yes, we should be working together, with love, to find a way out of here.” said Red, brimming with Love for the other crayons.
Hard-working Blue had a great idea. “We can make a climbing pile from the stuff in the trash can to climb up. We can pile up crumpled paper, pens and board. It takes a lot of effort to build the trash tower, but it will be easy to climb up and get out of here,” he said.
Peaceful Green was thinking about how all the colors could come together. He said: “Let’s solve this problem by making an invention. Our invention will be a color wheel.”  Red-Violet, helpful as ever in finding solutions, encouraged Green: “Indeed. We could form a color wheel together, spin it and bounce out of the garbage can,” she said. 
Some colors still needed a little nudge, and Joyful Purple came to the rescue. “Let’s sign a joyful song. All our noise of bickering is giving us headaches and grumpy feeling. If we could sing together, children might hear a beautiful sound. They will come forward and discover they are coming from the trash can. Maybe they will sing with us if we are signing a song they know. How about a song about coloring? How about the song: what a wonderful world?”
That got all the crayons moving! Singing ‘what a wonderful world’ together, all the colors found their order by getting in a circle. But there was no jiggle! The color wheel was not moving. Then a big wind came and blew the lid of the garbage can over. Some colors blew up and away along with it. The lid knocked the Principal’s and he began to change his mind.  
A few others were still stuck in the bottom of the can. By then all the crayons that had escaped and the children were singing together! The trapped crayons heard them and got inspired with more ideas. “Let’s draw a hole and then escape through it,” said Calm Turquoise. “Ummm…I am not so sure that will work,” said one of the primary colors. “We can try,” said Yellow. 
“Or…,” began Turquoise, “We can use the pointy pencils to drill a small sign that says: ‘You are all blank without us!’ All the colors agreed. 1, 2, 3…GO! They drilled the sign, made thetrash tower, climbed it and held up the sign. 
The Principal, who was rubbing his head and thinking, turned around and read the sign. As the children and the crayons continued to sing ‘What a wonderful World,’ the Principal said to himself, “My Goodness.”  “Ahh!” he yelled. Then he let the remaining colors out. “Yay,” said the colors, “Now we can recolor the school!”
They covered everything in a colorful jumble. Soon the Principal realized he was not happy without the colors.” Sorry,”he said. 
“Colors Matter,” said everyone together!
THE END