Ethics For Young Humans

Through ETHICAL community, young humans empower their ethical development, create life-long friendships, and stand up with care and courage for a GOOD WORLD through action. At Ethical Culture, where the cool-ness factor values KINDNESS and DEED, children bring out the best in one another, and thereby themselves... (variation on a quote by founder, Felix Adler.)

VIRTUAL YEE GATHERINGS for FAMILIES: SUNDAYS at 11am

Please RSVP to join this group by sending an email to the program organizer, Audrey, at YoungEthicalExplorers@gmail.com. Newcomers are welcome.

     GROUP: NYSEC'S Young Ethical Explorers
     Time: Sundays at 11:00 AM Eastern Time
     Join Zoom Meeting
     https://zoom.us/j/265436750
     Meeting ID: 265 436 750

For Sunday April 5th, 11am 
You may bring:  
A Paper towel roll, 
an extra paper, 
scraps of string (roots) 
and paper scraps (blossoms)
and scissors & glue


We'll make tree puppet with RRR materials --
which you can use in the daily:
PUPPET SHOW of BREATH
(otherwise known as meditation!)

A suggested script for THE PUPPET SHOW OF BREATH:

"Thank you tree... for air I breathe in!" 
                                             (oxygen!)
"Here is a gift you will like, dear Tree (blow)... air I breathe out!" 
                                                                            (carbon dioxide!)

And here is a lovely song for your tree puppets to dance to!
My Roots Go Down, down to the Earth... 

Here is the same song sung by kids with MOVEMENT! 
We'll name our tree puppets.
In the Comment section, you can tell us the name of your tree!

On April 5th, also plan to come at 1:30 to our FIRST SUNDAYS FESTIVAL:
TREE & ME FEST 
to learn a little bit about a great TREE HERO, follow the links below.
Here are two wonderful age-appropriate stories about Wangari Maathai! 

Click HERE for a story about her: The Tiny Seed! 
AND 
Click HERE for another story about her! Same message, on a different day! 






FIRST SUNDAYS GOES VIRTUAL: "Tree and Me" Festival: April 5th, 1:30


VIRTUAL ZOOM GATHERING
for ETHICAL YEE's 
FIRST SUNDAY EVENT:  
"Tree & Me" Fest
ALL ARE WELCOME
April 5, 2020 
1:30 PM Eastern Time 

Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/712950928
Meeting ID: 712 950 928

Celebrating the oyamel fir trees of Mexico
(Abies religiosa), upon which the MARIPOSA are awakening for their northern migration from Mexico!
DEED: Plant Milk Weed Beds, which Monarchs need on their northern migration! 
Honoring the life of Tree Heros! Wangari Maathai is the "mother" of our festival, for it is her birthday that governs our festival date.

As we make connections between Monarch lives and Trees, 
we also honor the work of two passionate slain defenders 
of the monarch butterfly reserves in Mexico

Homero Gómez González 
Raúl Hernández Romero 



Boredom....

Boredom is a restless sludgy lethargic feeling.
An empty nothingness.

Do you ever feel bored?
What is boredom?
How do you face boredom?
What does it feel like?
How do you help yourself?


The Doldrums ~ This is a fancy word for what some call BOREDOM.
It is the place where the wind stops completely.
Nothing moves.

When the sea-faring sailors of olden days met the doldrums in the middle of an ocean, they panicked since there was no way to advance without the help of the wind. 

But PEOPLE in the doldrums DO HAVE WIND

BREATHING ON PURPOSE is our way OUT OF THE DOLDRUMS!

BOP your way out of boredom, if you find yourself there.
Ancient friends call this meditation. Let's keep it casual with BOP!



Once you BOP, you can find some MOVEMENT in your SELF -- you can move and dance and play -- and that my dears, is the way out of the personal doldrums.

Here is what one clever author did to respond to the plight of childhood boredom -- he wrote a fun book with an imaginary landscape (embedded with literary puns and secret learning !!! don't tell !!! )

THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH by Norton Juster.

Here's a link to chapter one to get you going.
This fine reader from Reading Rescue will read the whole book to you on You Tube, chapter by chapter, day by day, if you want her to.

Hi-STORY: First of the FIRST SUNDAYS series!

First Sundays is an initiative at Ethical NYC,  aiming to be inclusive of other progressive communities, including fellow ethical culture communities!  It’s a chance to showcase work and learn together about a culminating theme.

First Sundays aims to empower Ethical learners to put their ETHICAL learning into presentations.  It's a chance to develop and present speeches, songs, poems, deeds, and  posters.... about values!

These Gatherings are very open to be created by THE people who show up for them.  Choose to include yourself.  You are invited. We at NYSEC certainly hope that Ethical members from nearby Societies will come, represent and participate!  If you want to make a presentation, just say so. Even on the spot, one can gain the courage to get up in front of other people and say a word (or more) of Ethical value.

March 1, 2020
Hi-story! civil rights ~ social justice festival.  

At the HI-Story Festival we sang civil rights songs and learned, among others, the story of Claudette Colvin — a hidden story beneath the Rosa Parks story. It was scheduled to directly follow black history month, and to incorporate stories, heroes, and justice visions that arose from this Important focus.  “Hi-story“ refers to the way that history is crafted and recrafted  from the stories that are told and untold. It is a way to reveal new stories emerging from history — which we see happening every day.  This shows us how history is a changing story, with much to dig up.  It shows us that how we tell our stories shapes understandings — and unfortunately, often misunderstandings.  



We had a special prep session Feb. 23, at 11 AM with a very very special guest!
Angeline Emma Butler, SNCC student nonviolent coordinating committee. 
Below is a link to her bio, and a small paragraph excerpt from it.

https://www.jjay.cuny.edu/faculty/angeline-butler

 



Butler was an original coordinator and participant the Nashville Sit-Ins, a founder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), a coordinator of the 1961 Freedom Rides, a coordinator of voter education and registration drives, a participant in the 1960 Congress on Racial Equality (CORE) “Miami Summer” with James Farmer, an organizer of the 1963 March on Washington, and the Crisfield, Maryland Movement in December 1961.  Her total jail time from all these different events was about 40 days and nights with charges ranging from “Trespassing on Private Property,” “Loitering,” “Conspiracy to Obstruct Trade and Commerce,” to Florida’s “Ejection of Undesirable Guests” state statute.

Montgomery Bus Boycott ~ The Wheels on the Bus

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! 

A new season ~ A new decade! Justice January with Dr. King's Inspiration



In January 2020 we will take one step at a time with the deep ideas of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  — Letting the children really absorb and reflect upon a few key pieces of his great vision.

The first focus of our month was the Content of our character:
Dr. King said, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day grow up in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the CONTENT OF THEIR CHARACTER.” 

Listen to this song. https://youtu.be/Evl6ATp0AgA

It’s called See Me Beautiful by Red Grammar. This song was introduced to Ethical through the work of Marshall Rosenberg’s Compassionate Communication.  It speaks deeply to the question of seeing beyond the color of one’s skin or any other external detail about people, in order to SEE WITHIN.  This song speaks to the deep yearning that people have to be seen for who they are as whole human beings.

As we discuss the “content of our character” — We focus on this very human need to be seen for who we really are — our mind, hopes, ideas, heart, dignity, wholeness — things that are not visible — unless you find the "ACT" in charACTer to somehow make your inner life visible through ACTion.  Herein lies CHARACTER.

Borrowing an image from the story of the two wolves – (a Cherokee legend, spun a little differently for this purpose) – there are two very different parts of us that need to be taken care of well and deeply, in order for us to express ourselves fully and peacefully. Children all relate deeply to the "wolf within" that is growling with sadness and anger. Take a minute to acknowledge that part of yourself, the part that each one of us knows so deeply but doesn’t often show to others — it is an important and beautiful part of you.  Of course, the happy joyful smiling wolf is the part of our character that we often show to others and more readily get appreciation for. Indeed, some people hide their character more than others, and so as read grammars song says,  “it may take some time. It may be hard to find... but see me beautiful..”

Take a few opportunities this week to apply this notion of the content of one's character— by acknowledging an action (even a smile) as exhibiting the content of the character of those around you. You can let them know you SEE them. REALLY see them.  By doing so, you are helping Dr. King's vision for humanity be more fully realized.


Green Halloween!!!

(This is a letter you are invited to share with others, intended for learning communities....)

Dear ethics-aspiring folks, climate-justice activists, parents and educators, far and wide, 

Unpacking the climate-justice activism for some very practical CAN-DO’s for kids to achieve is important. For one thing, people need empowerment in the face of the dire information that climate activism has necessarily exposed.  
Both empowerment and potentially solutions come from DEED.  

Most immediately, let’s commit to something we can all immediately take action to change: 
greening our family practices of celebration
Engage in the GREEN HOLIDAYS CHALLENGE!  

What: 
This is an invitation to approach all holidays with creativity and rigor necessary to keep our carbon-footprint minimal. To go beyond RRR thinking and REIMAGINE & RE-PSYCH-ALL.
How
The most challenging part is this:    
     RESIST! Redirect shopping from quick easy one-time-use prefab items (hard to reprocess), to sustainable options.  For example, do not BUY a costume for Halloween. Instead, challenge your family and friends to join you in making the coolest costumes ever out of recycled,  reused, reimagined materials — including past costumes, collected egg cartons, etc! 
      And PLAY! Make gatherings and games among your friends for the most creative ways to use an eggshell carton, plastic bottles, take-out-food containers, old clothes. 

Why:
Many of us humans participate regularly in many green practices, yet when it comes to celebrating holidays, these values go on pause.  Think of Halloween, birthdays, other gifting occasions and holidays.  Like a blink of an eye within a steady gaze, we barely notice our own glitch in green behaviors on each holiday. Yet  holiday celebrants create as much trash on earth in a day as they tried to avoid creating all month long. And then, to top it off, they often throw it away more quickly and less carefully.  Instead, honor your month of green-efforts, with green celebrations.

The Big Picture
How can “being Green” ultimately become more fun, more joy filled, more cool?  Please brainstorm this question with your friends and families.  
      Fun may sound like a frivolous measure – but it drives so much of our human behavior, and so much of our buying of single-use items.  Alas, the drive to shop, unbridled, is at the heart of the drive to trash. On top of that, a whole marketing industry, employing many of our top creative minds, goes into making each item on a shelf hard to resist! 
      In honor of the climate justice movement, make Climate Justice the new “True North” on your moral compass.  This will compel decisions you make to go through the litmus test of: “This helps me but does it help the Earth?”  
  
Support
We have to support each other!
A. Tools: Scroll down for collections of RRR costume-ideas and links.  
B. Showcase: You may send a picture of your RRR costume to us and we will post it on the blog in a “RRR-costume photo exhibit!” 
C. On Halloween, don’t forget to tell everyone you see who DID make their costume, “Bravo!” 
What you put attention towards, can grow! 
D.  Make “Green” FUN !!!

TALK ABOUT IT! 
TEACH ABOUT IT! 
HAVE FUN WITH IT!

Imagine the earth thanking you.  

Young Ethical Explorers 
Ethical Culture NYC

Below are some links to explore for GREEN HALLOWEEN COSTUMING!!!!

https://goodonyou.eco/ultimate-guide-green-halloween/

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/31454897372955690/

https://www.acleanbee.com/sustainable-halloween/

https://www.mnn.com/family/family-activities/stories/10-crafty-costumes-made-cardboard

https://www.mamoq.com/journal/ditch-the-disposable-sustainable-halloween-costume-ideas/

https://green.harvard.edu/tools-resources/green-tip/6-tips-greener-halloween

https://www.terumah.ca/sustainable-eco-friendly-green-halloween-diy-costume-ideas/

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/412712753338015524/?nic=1

https://www.pinterest.com/madampantomime/recycled-material-costumes/

https://www.pinterest.com/sdrecycle/diy-costumes-recycled-and-reused/

https://www.seventhgeneration.com/blog/how-kids-costumes-recycled-materials

https://www.feedmrmurph.com/kids-activities/make-your-own-costume-out-of-recyclables/