Star Wars is full of unique characters who have niche talents, passions, and are able to effectively communicate with others. Some of these characters are teachers, and those who are not teachers have the potential to be capable educators.
As a new school year approaches, it’s worthwhile to examine some of these characters and explore the school subjects they would be best-suited to teach.
These characters span from the original trilogy and prequel trilogy to newer movies and television series such as Rogue One and Star Wars Rebels.
Math and Science: Galen Erso
Galen Erso has a love for math that influences his work as a scientist. In Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel by James Luceno, Galen says, “Mathematics isn’t just science, it is poetry — our efforts to crystallize the unglimpsed connections between things. Poetry that bridges and magnifies the mysteries of the galaxy.”
He has a sincere passion and appreciation for math and for science that could help his students be more invested in studying these subjects. Through the many ways that he uses math in his cutting-edge scientific work, Galen can show his students that math is not just theoretical but can be applied for a meaningful purpose, along with the importance of using science ethically.
After all, Galen used his mathematic and scientific smarts to design a fatal flaw in the first Death Star without the Empire realizing it until it was too late. His use of math and science helped save the galaxy and changed the course of galactic history.
Social Studies: Grand Admiral Thrawn
Grand Admiral Thrawn not only studies military strategy, but he also studies areas like history, philosophy, and art. Studying these areas allows Thrawn to truly understand and outsmart his opponents. These tendencies would actually make Thrawn a great Social Studies teacher.
Instead of just having students memorize and spit back dates and events, Thrawn would make sure his students understand the multifaceted and complex nature of history as it relates to culture, art, philosophy, politics, and galactic geography.
It wouldn’t be about rote memorization but about using the information to analyze the historical and modern-day relevance of the information. Thrawn’s chilling, yet mesmerizing voice would also make him engaging to listen to.
Art: Sabine Wren
Sabine is a gifted artist who is able to use practically any situation for her art. Whether it’s her armor, her hair, a symbol of rebellion, or even a TIE Fighter, she can almost anything as a canvas to express herself.
Not only is Sabine’s art visually appealing, but it often contains a deeper meaning, such as the Starbird that looks like a phoenix rising from the ashes, a symbol of hope and rebellion that influences the insignia of the official Rebel Alliance.
Sabine can help her students find their inner artist while using their art for self-expression and to promote the causes they care about. Her energetic and enthusiastic would certainly help her connect with students as well.
Yoda might seem like an unorthodox choice to teach this subject but just think about the workout routine he has Luke do in The Empire Strikes Back. Anyone who can get a young person to willingly engage in and commit 100 percent to an intense workout routine like that knows what they are doing.
Yoda lives to about 900 years old and he is clearly doing something right with his physical education to reach that old age. Furthermore, his ability to go from walking with a cane to spinning and hurtling all over the room in his lightsaber duel with Count Dooku in Attack of the Clones demonstrates the advantages of remaining fit and healthy.
In general, Yoda is a great teacher and there is no reason why he couldn’t be an effective gym teacher as well.
Reading and Writing: Obi-Wan Kenobi
Obi-Wan is an excellent teacher. He is patient, wise, compassionate, and also has a great sense of humor. All of these traits are important for any teacher to have and are certainly important when teaching reading and writing.
During his years of exile/watching over Luke on Tatooine, Obi-Wan wrote The Journals of Ben Kenobi. In the comics, Luke finds these journals and reads them in between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back.
These journals show the power of writing as Obi-Wan’s life stories live on through his writing, allowing him to continue teaching Luke and connect with him even after death. Writing those journals was likely also helpful during years of isolation in the desert. Obi-Wan can impart the importance of writing to his students, particularly in how it allows stories, relationships, and valuable lessons to live on.
Which Star Wars character would you want as your teacher this year? Let us know in the comments!