In my opinion, every student who graduates from high school should understand the basics of Web design. They should have built at least one site, and be given a basic grasp of design principles and usability. This should be an essential portion of a required computer course. I don’t care which tools they use, or what they create, as long as they’re given current information and gain applicable skills.
I don’t know many teenagers, so maybe this is already happening. If so, carry on.
I say this because every person my age or younger that I know has, at some point in their professional or personal life, wanted to build a website. Web designers make wads of cash because many of their clients lack the most basic understanding of HTML and FTP. Projects slow to a crawl as simple changes get sent back and forth between the designers and their clients.
Some day publishing to the Web will be easy. Easier than it currently is to post to a weblog. That day hasn’t come. It’s not even remotely close, I’m afraid. Until then, teach the kids HTML basics.
This posting was inspired by Ray, who recently spoke to a university class of business students where only a reluctant few had any Web design education. Trust me, they’re going to need it more than that macro-economics course.