“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 were his favorite classroom pastimes – no matter the subject matter. Fate intervened in a life-changing way when he survived a near fatal car accident a few weeks before his high school graduation. Listen to George’s life-changing story and advice on how to live a passionate, joyful life.
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 teach highly creative learners and have noticed some of their “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 if and when they become successful that’s exactly what they do! They blow us away with their creative solutions and innovations – voila, George Lucas movies!
“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
Sad But True
So now you know the sad but true story of how George, like many other famous creatives, came to the brink of financial doom before being discovered. This is a timeline you might be able to change by intervening in students’ lives. Teaching young learners how to think creatively and critically gives them the confidence needed to pursue creative interests that may someday become professional passions. Early exposure and working creatively in a variety of content areas may lead to better career decisions and pathways. What if George had opportunities to explore his race car, art, and photography passions while in school?
The Universe Expands
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 are definitely off-shoots of the original saga. And isn’t it cool that they named this first spinoff from George’s work – Rogue One? Challenging students to create new storylines, connected to but different from the original ones, is a great opportunity for practicing creative thinking skills.
“Education is the foundation of our democracy – the stepping-stones for our youth to reach their full potential.” ~ George Lucas
What a marvelous word ! Because of his belief in education, George Lucas established a foundation dedicated to transforming K-12 education so that all students can acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to thrive in their studies, careers, and adult lives. He believes creativity is one of the 5 key principles of how people learn. To find out more and discover more about the educational resources, go to Edutopia.
For Your Classroom
Go “rogue!” Break away from traditional curricular practices. Expose your students to a wide variety of interest and passion areas. Plan for in-depth study and product development opportunities so they can “test out” their likes and dislikes early in their education.
“Students learning in “educational closets” may not find their passions in time to lead a successful and productive life.” ~ Patti Garrett Shade
Let’s Reflect and Remember . . .
- Creative skills are important for professional success and happiness.
- Creative interests and talents should be uncovered early in education.
- Product development is key to practicing the skills of creativity.
Live, learn, and lead creatively.
Rick and Patti