There is a fine line between teaching and directing. A subtle but significant difference exists between encouraging creative discovery and directing paths of creation. I have heard design teachers refer to their roles in the classroom as “art directing.” I find that not only wrong but vulgar – art directing students is a great way to teach them how to be employees, not designers. I think most design teachers do it for the right reasons and often in the right ways, but enough of them act like Bradbury’s Firemen to make me concerned – policing students in what to do and how to do it, instead of allowing them to read whatever books they like to discover their own paths and curiosities.
I especially love the last bit.