That is refreshing to hear. I was talking to a recent college grad and photography came up after her gushing that "she was absolutely crazy about photography"... Well, after a few minutes it came to light that she has never touched a roll of film or a real camera!!! Nice to hear that thre are still some teachers who "keep the faith".
I think the sailing ship analogy is a great one, to take it a step further, I don't think one should be able to get a driver's license on a car with an automatic transmission (handicaps excluded, of course). After that, do what you will - but learn from the basics. Many so called modern day "computer experts" come to mind as well...
Oh well, enough whining out of me!

Peter.