Although goals change and reflect the issues of the time, two primary goals of education in a democracy have remained constant over time. The first goal is to educate for vocational competence and the second is to produce caring, intelligent, and wise citizens. Articulating the connection of design education concepts to the economy and social responsibility is beneficial in educating K–12 students. This article illustrates the ways in which design education fosters the skills needed in the global twenty-first century to help students make a better life for themselves and their community and improve the world. I articulate ways to incorporate design as an essential component into a comprehensive visual arts program.
Arts Education Policy Review
Vande Zande, Robin S. (2010). Design Education Supports Social Responsibility and the Economy. Arts Education Policy Review 112(1) 26-34. doi: 10.1080/10632913.2011.518123. Retrieved from https://oaks.kent.edu/artpubs/2