Sailors should learn on sailing vessels so they come to an understanding of how the sea behaves in concert with the wind (don't get me started on powerboaters). Photographers should learn on manual cameras for similar reasons. You are always likely to understand what you can and cannot do if you have a feel for how it works, which is only acquired by having to handle everything yourself. A colleague was taught to drive on a Ford Model A (this was in the late 70's)by his dad for the same reason. And he's a very good driver.