From the website Good comes this article (Why We Should Teach Design Early) by Rob Stokes,a Senior Interaction Designer at frog design in Austin, Texas, on the need to begin teaching design thinking in high school.
What follows is an excerpt from the article...
Designers, through training and experience, develop a
different lens through which to see the world. They move through
spaces, environments, and systems, making observations and developing
insights about what works well and what doesn’t. They then use those
observations and insights to create innovative solutions for everyday
problems. If design is the crossroads of beauty and purpose, design
thinking is the intersection of creative and analytical thinking.
But when do we learn how to think like a designer?
In today’s world of standardized tests and performance-based educational funding, students are not evaluated on the way they approach a problem, but whether or not they come up with the right answer.
What happens when there are many right answers, as is often the case with non-linear design solutions? When can we start teaching students how to creatively evaluate their ideas?
Design education typically begins at the college level, but if we wait until then to teach design thinking we are missing critical points in the growth of young minds, whose ability to think creatively is boundless. Teaching high school students to think like designers would help shape the way they look at the world around them and positively affect their future endeavors.
Inspired by these notions, a team of designers from the Austin studio of frog design got together and started an initiative called “TeachDesign.” The objective of this initiative is to expose high school students to design methodologies through immersive, real-world projects that have a lasting positive impact on the participating students, school, and community.