I think it’s about time that teaching in schools has moved on from the tired old pre 70’s stuff, and Hazel Green teacher David Golden has done just that:
Each semester, Golden’s ninth-grade students watch the original trilogy of the Star Wars movies, with Golden pointing out the situational, character and symbolic archetypes as well as literary elements.
In the cave scene in “Return of the Jedi,” Luke faces off against Darth Vader (which means dark knight in German, Golden told his students).
“It’s foggy, dense,” Golden said, pausing the scene. “What’s the main color?” Gray, his students said. That’s symbolic for confusion, which is what Luke feels at this point as he tries to learn to control “the Force.”
Personally, I’ll start rejoicing the day they teach Terry Pratchett as setwork books: I think his novels have more relevance and ability to teach kids than Shakespeare ever did. Not that I’m anti The Bard’s work–he was a literary grandmaster. But it’s not the kind of thing kids these days identify with, so kudos to David Golden for finally bringing school studies into the 21st century…even though the original Star Wars trilogy is over 20 years old.
It shouldn’t be too long now before some teacher starts using Buffy as a teaching tool…