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Coffee With Kenobi’s Dan Z Looks at the Importance of Teaching in ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’

Coffee With Kenobi’s Dan Z Looks at the Importance of Teaching in ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’

In case you missed it, Coffee With Kenobi host Dan Z has written a new piece for the official Star Wars website. Dan looks at the importance of teaching in Star Wars, with a particular eye on The Last Jedi, and what both masters and apprentices can and do learn from one another.

You can read an excerpt below:

Teaching and learning is among the most prevalent motifs in Star Wars, particularly in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The mentor figure instructs the willing student in the ways of the Force. However, it’s not that cut and dry in Rian Johnson’s film. It’s much more of an unorthodox process for the Force-wielders on Ahch-To, and provides a masterful commentary on what pedagogy is all about. The line between teacher and learner blurs, as well as the lessons learned, and they often come from unexpected places.

Yoda

Perhaps no Star Wars instructor demonstrates this better than Yoda. He appears to call down lightning on the uneti tree and destroys the bound library of Jedi knowledge, much to Luke’s shock and consternation. In essence, Yoda appears to tell Luke that everything the curmudgeonly Jedi Master has held sacrosanct doesn’t matter all that much. On an initial pass, this may seem contrary to the diminutive Jedi Master’s previous lessons, but this is not the case at all.

The rest of Dan’s piece can be found at StarWars.com.

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