From the outside, it looks like high school students get to learn cad, various aspects towards understanding typography, composition and layout. But not enough emphasis is put on the digital side. My understanding is that the majority of schools don’t have Apple MACs, nor do they have industry specific software such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. My view is that if students at an early age are understanding the theory being typography and Graphic Design, and backing that up with digital manipulation they will enhance their skill set for further in their career. My personal journey was that high school and college was 95% hand drawn sketches, theories and ideas. But then when it came to University the roles reversed and everything was digital, but I felt I was lacking the skills to understand all these new programmes. So my first thought would be to teach all the basic skills a graphic designer would need in high school. They will then have a good idea whether they enjoyed this subject, loved it, felt they were successful in the area, or they hated. These are all good signs for helping them choose their career path.