Max explores the dynamics of teaching in a galaxy far, far away…
The latest episode of The Mandalorian shows us an example of a classroom in the Star Wars galaxy. Complete with desks and datapads, the students look about 3rd or 4th-grade students, and a protocol droid is teaching them. There is also a very nice astrography map to compliment the lesson. Wait. Hold on. Astrography? Why in the Mustafar are 3rd graders being taught astronomy? Doesn’t that seem a little advanced for human children at that age? Maybe not.
Star Wars is an advanced society and has access to prenatal genetic engineering so the average IQ of a young child may be 130+ instead of 100. This is not the first franchise that has done this. Star Trek, if I recall had 10-year-olds learning calculus! Genetic engineering seems like a good bet but since Star Wars is such an old setting; this tech may not even be given a second thought and may be as common as an epidural.
The people of Naboo had tons of wunderkind teens so it also may have something to do with cultures as well. Also, the teachers have access to lots more information than we do and perhaps there are ways of teaching advanced content to individuals who are very young with special methods.
Also, remember. Leonardo da Vinci is 1000x than a 4th grader BUT he has never heard of anti-gravity and would think it was magic when a Star Wars galaxy kid would probably know all about it. It’s unclear if any of this is true, but we have yet to see a character with severe mental disabilities so perhaps every child is tailored to grow up to be smart and genetically superior.
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Max Nocerino is a regular Staff Writer for The Future of the Force. He is a passionate Star Wars fan and loves the literature of the galaxy far, far away. Follow him on Twitter @MaxN2100 where he shares his love of the Force frequently!
Max Nocerino is a regular Staff Writer for The Future of the Force. He is a passionate Star Wars fan and loves the literature of the galaxy far, far away. Follow him on Twitter where he shares his love of the Force frequently!