We educators must create a safe and fertile environment where the students can become who they are and not who others want them to be. We educators have the commitment to be courageous and truthful while guiding these children through a process of self-discovery and self-affirmation.
If you have children in your life, I strongly suggest you read a large variety of folktales, including stories from all continents. Each population uses the symbols available in their environment to evoke and embody the most primitive human impulses... the signs might look different. Still, they are all talking about the same subject. We can develop empathy and a sense of belonging to the World's Community by exposing our children to as many different cultures as possible.