In Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, we are introduced to a character called Boba Fett, who is an galactically renowned Bounty Hunter. The only one, in fact called out by Darth Vader (“No disintegrations”) and is the one who tracks Han Solo to Cloud City. He is eventually killed (or maybe not, it’s never really explained) in Return of the Jedi while Han Solo is attempting to escape Jabba the Hutt.
While his part in the original movies is limited; his back story is greatly expanded upon in the second set of movies, starting with Attack of the Clones. Here, we learn that his father, Jango Fett is the original source of the Clone Troopers (and thus the Storm Troopers) and that Boba Fett is a clone of him as well, but allowed to age normally. He lives with Jango on the Water Planet, being trained and educated by his father.
Jango is eventually killed (by Mace Windu, if memory serves) and Boba Fett takes up the family business of being a Bounty Hunter. Where, apparently, he performs marvelously in this enterprise for at least 20 years, the presumed time span between Episode 3 and Episode 4.
But what of Boba’s brothers? The Clone/Storm Troopers? Now is where you can get some interesting comparisons between different educational systems and the need of a father figure. Especially in regards to Lucas’ beliefs.
Boba was home schooled, educated by his father, taught independence, a trade and became one of the most well known bounty hunter in a brief period of time.
His clone brothers were schooled in a government run mass education camp, stripped of their independence, taught that the could only be one thing and they had no choice, and they became cannon fodder. Eagerly dying at the whim of their masters.
Boba became a crack marksman and scout – tracking down anyone who had a bounty and killing (nearly) anyone who came into his path. His brothers couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn – they were perhaps the worst marksmen ever to populate that galaxy. Awful shots.
Boba was also an excellent pilot. The Troopers had specialists who were pilots, specialists who rode on things in the woods, specialists who worked in cold environments, etc. Apparently, their mass governmental training facilities weren’t set up well enough to train them in more than one skill – and the one it did trained them for, they weren’t very good at.
Finally, Boba Fett and his father, because of their training seemed to be immune to the Force powers (at least the mind control ones); while Storm Troopers were consistently fooled by the most simple tricks, which always hampered them in their missions – and usually cost them their lives.
So, what’s the lessons here? Clearly Lucas believes that home schooling and parental involvement in that schooling is far superior to mass education camps (public schools). And I think Boba would agree.