Schools resource highlights Victorian self-help 'heroes'

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Supporting the school curriculum in Scotland is a new a learning resource focusing on qualities displayed by self-help 'heroes'.

Florence Nightingale, James Watt and David Livingstone are among figures from the 19th century whose story is told in 'Heroes: The splendid insights of Mr Smiles'.

Each of the 8 stories demonstrates a characteristic celebrated by Victorian author Samuel Smiles in his bestselling book, 'Self help'. Smiles highlighted people he regarded as being an inspiration through qualities like perseverance, duty and courage.

Graphic-novel style animations help demonstrate 'the hero factor' in each story, and the teachers' area includes downloadable resources for primary and secondary schools. Source material comes from the John Murray Archive at the National Library of Scotland.

2 June 2010

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