“I’m not much of a math and science guy. I spent most of my time in school daydreaming and managed to turn it into a living.” - George Lucas

George Lucas has always gone rogue. It started with his “lack of enthusiasm” for traditional school experiences. He describes himself as a “consummate underachieving student” of the worst kind - allowing his first passion for race cars to override any interest in learning the prescribed reading, writing, and arithmetic. Dreaming of and drawing pictures of race cars was his favorite classroom pastime – no matter the subject matter. Fate intervened in a life-changing way when George survived a near fatal car accident a few weeks before his high school graduation. Hear George’s life-changing story and advice on how to live a passionate, joyful life below.

 What is rogue?

As a noun, rogue can be defined as “somebody who is mischievous.” As an adjective, it is someone who is “unorthodox and unpredictable.” At first glance, these definitions seem negative. But we are guessing someone or several “someones” in your life come to mind. Perhaps you live with or teach a highly creative learner and have noticed some rogue behaviors. They often dress, speak, think, write . . . differently. And oh, the varied responses these behaviors elicit: joy, giggles, frustration, anger . . . and most often some version of being "gobsmacked" – our favorite British term for being blown away. And we'd also guess that they are your "go-to-person" when looking for a new idea!

“The secret is to not give up hope. It’s very hard not to because if you’re really doing something worthwhile I think you will be pushed to the brink of hopelessness before you come through the other side.”                       - George Lucas

So now you know his sad but true story. George, like many other famous creatives, also came to the brink of financial doom before being discovered. This is a timeline you can change by intervening early on in children’s lives. Teaching young learners how to think creatively and critically gives them the confidence needed to purse their creative interests or passions at an early age. And best of all it gives them the confidence they will need to pursue creative living.

The Universe Expands

Star Wars came out of nowhere in 1977. It was unique. It was one-of-a-kind. There had never been anything else like it. It also suffered many rejections. George Lucas created the space opera franchise, depicting the adventure stories of a bevy of creatively different characters.

Rogue One is the first in what is known as the Star Wars Anthology series. These “spin-off” movies exist within the vast ever expanding universe George Lucas created. These films are “stand-alone” productions but can be viewed as off-shoots of the original saga. Challenging students to create new storylines (connected to but different from the original ones) is a great opportunity for practicing creative thinking skills. And isn’t it cool that they named this first spinoff from George’s work – Rogue One?

“Education is the foundation of our democracy – the stepping-stones for our youth to reach their full potential.” - George Lucas

Creativity Tip of the Week

Teach your children to go “rogue” with their thinking at an early age so they can discover the joy of giving their creativity to others in the world around them.

The Most Important Thing

  • Understanding & accepting creative behaviors is vital to the growth of creativity.
  • School and home environments can be designed to incite creativity.
  • All creative endeavors include a major dose of "going rogue."
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Thanks for reading. Our goal is to help as many parents and educators as we can. If you know of others interested in parenting and teaching with and for creativity please forward.

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