Roman heroes were strong, powerful warriors, rulers, or gods, and with the exception of the gods, always men.
Heroes of today are almost always helpers, those in service to others, such as teachers, police officers, and firefighters. The 3rd graders strongly opposed the idea that someone is a hero, just because he/she is famous (they had such a lively discussion about this)! Now, heroes come in every size, shape, color, gender, and age. The students said they had a high level of respect for the heroes of today.