I was given my design education by a trio of Designers who came from a traditional print-based design background. While a capable print-designer, I have found interactive, web, interface (UI), and user-experience (UX) design to provide me with a real sense of passion. It stirs my curiosity, spurs my desire to learn, and inspires me to make.
Design education cannot just be about giving students the basics of grid and type, teach them the programs, and let them into the industry. Students need to understand design research and theory to come to grips with the bigger pictures that they'll have to plan, manipulate, and design for once they graduate.