Students’ Heroes – Part II



This morning my own students handed in the essays they had written about the hero of their choice. I have only read a few but can still share their role models with you. This list is more eclectic and also more international than yesterday’s.

– Barack Obama (3 students)
– Martin Luther King (2 students)
– Michal Jackson (2 students)
– Eminem
– Marilyn Monroe
– Zinedine Zidane (a French football player)
– Christophe Maé (a French singer)
– Audrey Hepburn
– Nicolas Cage
– William Shakespeare
– Harvey Milk
– Gandhi
– Nelson Mandela
– Jean Moulin (a high-profile member of the French Resistance)
– Charles de Gaulle
– Anne Frank


14 thoughts on “Students’ Heroes – Part II

      • I agree. I discussed this with my trainee and we noticed that many of our students had a hard time justifying what make these people heroes. Only presenting their lives and achievements was fine, in most cases. As far as heroism was concerned, the students tended to get “rich and famous” mixed up with “heroic”. Not that we did not work on this… sigh.

  1. Yes, rich and famous does often = heroic these days. Kids here in the UK are pretty much the same, I fear. A lot, when asked ‘What do you want to do when you’re an adult’ reply ‘Be famous’. That’s not ‘doing’ at all.

    *Sigh* I feel soooo old!

  2. This morning, Ricky Gervais was being interviewed on NPR, and he mentioned how one perk of his achieving stardom (for writing a popular American sitcom thingy), was that he got to meet his “heroes,” which were the likes of David Bowie and such. Mr. Gervais is pushing 50, so I guess this celebrity=hero concept is not limited to a generational gap.

    I found it interesting, but didn’t think much past that. 🙂

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