Using these stories, and really all our world studies this year, my final lessons for our students center on the following challenges:
People of good character are valued around the world and across every culture we know. Be the best person you can . . . it really does matter.
The key to understanding the present and changing the future is to pay careful attention to both our past and present choices. Live each day as mindfully as possible . . . all of our actions have consequences.
Everyone has a lasting effect on some portion of our world – their family, friends, neighbors and beyond. Make sure that the effect you are having on our world is positive. Be good in everything you attempt . . . do good for everyone your life touches.