Flashback – My Attempt at a Temple: The Curriculum

The curriculum I came up with for the Temple was very crudely done at the time, and most of my notes are a bit…confusing now.  My plan was meant as a starting point though.  As I gained the assistance of other Jedi, I had hoped to refine the curriculum further.

I began this post as just typing out the subjects by week, but realized it was very confusing, so here is a handy, dandy chart.

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The first year was a basic introduction to being a Jedi.  The first 20 weeks or so was basic lessons about Jedi in general, followed by a week break.  Returning from break, there were four weeks of Basic Meditation, five weeks of Basic Physical Fitness, five weeks of Tolerance, and three weeks of dealing with Emotions.  After a second break, there was another eight weeks of Beginning Meditation, four weeks of additional Jedi basics to prep the students for year two, and then a final week break for the end of the year.

The second year would again start with general Jedi information for six weeks, and then Intermediate Meditation for five weeks.  The first break would be in week twelve, followed by two weeks of First Aid, nine weeks of Sword Basics, and then a second break.  Next was four more weeks of Meditation, and nine weeks of basic Martial Arts in which various forms would be looked at.  Finally five weeks of “Wisdom” training (as it is called in my notes) before a third break.  The last chunk of the year would have four weeks of Intermediate meditation, three weeks of what looks like it was rules but changed to something unknown, and then three final weeks of prep into Year Three.

Year Three only has a one week Intro, and then right on to Advanced Meditation and Basic Force Exercises before the first break.  After the break it returns to Force exercises, and then more Advanced Meditation, and then a second break.  The final chunk of the year is Chakras, a third block of Advanced Meditation, and then a final break before Year Four.

I never wrote out outlines for these years, with the idea that they would be more specifically tailored towards each individual student.  They could have however been utilized for additional lessons, which I will discuss below.  The biggest individualized thing though, was combat based.  In years four and five I wanted each student to find a Martial Arts school in a form of their choosing and begin training.

If you want to understand just how much I worked on this and reworked things just back when I started, here are pictures of the schedule notes.

Looking back at these now, the training was pretty simplistic, but again, it was a first draft of the program, and it was years ahead of what other sites had at the time (and what many sites have now from what I have seen).  Were I to return to the project, there are lots of things I would add in and a few things I would remove.

First off, I always wanted to include a general education requirement.  Basically a baseline of general knowledge that met or exceeded requirements across the board in all countries.  It would take a lot of research and work to compile this, but I think it is important for Jedi to have a strong general knowledge background.

Second, I wanted to add in lessons in basic Psychology, Sociology, Philosophy, Wilderness Survival/Camping, and a few other more specialized topics.

Third, I would like to weave in more of the “For Jedi By Jedi” texts.  Only a few were included back then, but I believe it is important to study them at least briefly, whether they are still applicable or not.

Fourth, I would like to standardize the schedule a bit more.  Have all breaks at generally the same time, and have a rotation of lessons, so that if you have a teacher that specializes in one area, let’s say Meditation for this example, they can work with the First Years for a few weeks, then the Second Years after that, then the Third Years after that….ecc., so they are not doing all the work at once.

Fifth, there are actually quite a few lessons I would remove.  They are either unnecessary, or outdated, or more applicable to paths other than Jedi.  There is also far too much time spent on Force Studies, which until someone uncovers an ability to access the Force, is pretty useless in real world application.

Finally, I would stretch out the training for all five years (I really think there is enough material), but I would also add in a personal fitness goals section throughout the course instead of just at the end, where a teacher could work with students on individual fitness goals.



Flashback – My Attempt at a Temple: The Frame

Back in the late 90’s/early 00’s, training programs were very lax and ill formed.  The closest thing to a standardized training program was the Blue Group at the Jedi Temple site, but even that seemed incomplete.  Over the years, I started to form an idea of what I thought training would/should look like, and when the Temple of the Jedi Order (TJO, not the religious based TotJO that you know today) collapsed, I redirected my energy to attempt to create my vision.  Unfortunately, I started college shortly thereafter and was working on this solo, so it still sits incomplete today here.  Feel free to pick through it, though I only really ever built the frame virtually, all the content (which is woefully outdated) still sits in folders and notebooks on my desk at home.


This post is just to give a layout of the site, the more intensive information will be posted separately.  Do not want to overload anyone.

The site was built to make someone feel as if they were actually attending a temple, with image maps of the fictional Temple, and spires and ziggarats all with the same names and similar purposes as those in the fiction.


JTSpire-TempleSpireTemple Spire
The very center spire, this was where the discussion forum was located.  This was meant to be the standard discussion forum, like the rest of the Jedi sites at the time.  I re-purposed the old TJO boards, moving all the old discussions to a single archive and restructuring the forums  to fit the new site.  The site can still be found here, as I saved it from the ezboard purge.



Jedi Council Spire
The far left spire, this was simply meant to be a place with biographies and contact information for the Temple Council members.



Council of First Knowledge
The far back spire, this was the library area, and the other major image map for the site.  Users could click on aisles of the Archives, which would take them to a shelf of books pertaining to a topic.  Each book would bring up a different text.


Reassignment Council
The far right spire.  In the fiction, the reassignment council was the council that handled reassigning students that were not chosen as Padawans.  I wanted this spire to serve a similar purpose, but also be useful to all members of the Temple.  This page contained a list of charity organizations with links to their sites, and would have evolved and grown to include a list of members who supported each charity and any insight or advice they could provide.



Council of Reconciliation
The front spire, a simple form to submit any comments, questions, or concerns to the Temple staff.




Jedi Dormitories
The left back ziggurat was a fun little idea I came up with, each student would be assigned a dorm room for their profile.  That way they could leave their floor and dorm number as sort of a calling card to their information.  There were 30 floors, each with 67 rooms, for a total of 2,010 rooms.  Mine is on floor 6, room 66, though it has not been updated since I first put it up.


Public Center

The rear right ziggurat was the information center, where you could go to find the basic information about the Temple organization and training procedures.  This would also be where historical notes were kept, like photos from gatherings, ecc.



Administration Center
The front right ziggurat, here is where new members could go to apply for training.  The application was set up as a form, though I am not sure I ever got the coding right, as the instructions say to copy and past it to e-mail.




Jedi Training Facility
Finally, the front left ziggurat, the training facility.  This was the most detailed section of  the site, so this, will have to wait for a separate post.