Another part of the problem is that, I don’t know that this is very ‘real’ for people. For example, I feel like a Marine every day. I went through boot camp, and in that process I was forever changed. It doesn’t matter how long I’ve been out, there is always that part of me that is a Marine. I don’t have the same experience for Jedi. I mean, I have that moment where I found the path, or the path found me, but I don’t have anything beyond that.
What has made the difference, however, is meeting some people that I talk to very often for ideas and support. I’ve found a community, even though it is almost entirely online. What I’ve been trying to determine since taking over as principal is how to build a sense of community for someone new. A sense of community brings about a certain amount of accountability. The better you know a person, the easier it is to determine when they’re lieing or faking it.
The other thing to address is how to keep motivation up. There is always that element of self motivation and discipline, but there are things instructors can do to make it easier on the student. As soon as I have a bit of time, I’m going to do further research in this.
The online world is not ideal for learning. But, it’s the best we have right now, and it connects us across a lot of distance. I think we have a lot of room to improve and do our very best with what we have available to us.