What is Epic Ethics?
Epic Ethics, the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Elementary School Program, is a proven and extremely cost-effective program for fostering character development and social-emotional skills in elementary school classrooms. The K through 6 literacy-based curriculum promotes students’ self-awareness, self-management, healthy relationship formation, and ethical decision-making skills based on a simple, comprehensive, and time-honored ethical framework.
Why teach ethics to children?
Research establishes that children who develop positive social skills and character habits are happier, more successful, and have better relationships throughout their lives. Human development studies also reveal that children have the capacity to learn these skills at an early age, but they need adults to help them fully develop these traits.
While developing these skills is part of a well-rounded education, the mounting emphasis on academic performance and resultant demands on teachers often leaves little or no time for developing them. Epic Ethics addresses this deficiency through literacy-based curriculum that blends academic instruction with exploration of the essential human challenges of character development through the ethical problem-solving lens of the Four Awesome Questions: Is it true? Is it fair? Will it build friendships and community? Will it be helpful to those involved?
How is Epic Ethics Taught?
Epic Ethics offers a series of literacy-based classroom lessons combining stories and activities with interactive discussion. Each of 5 learning modules addresses one or more of the following concepts: expressing feelings, resolving conflict, celebrating diversity, building community and developing strength through peace.
The program can be taught by the classroom teacher or where practicable high school students can be engaged and trained to conduct these classroom-based lessons, supplementing the classroom teacher and fostering cross-generational and high-impact learning.