Originally posted by Dave Clark
These forums are also a bad place to talk about standards and compliance. Such things are for those who already know their stuff and are ready to take on the challenge of getting technical. People come here who are needing to learn the most basic stuff.
A baby has to be allowed to first scooch along the floor, then crawl, then stand and walk along while holding on to the furniture, then toddle a few steps and to fall. All of these are important in the process towards learning to run the 100-yard dash in under 10 seconds flat.
I don't really agree with this standpoint. I think for a beginner starting from scratch it is just as hard/easy to learn how to do thing the correct way then to learn how to do something the incorecct way.
However if you teach people the wrong way to do ythings the will later have the trouble of unlearning the wrong way and relearn how to do it correctly.
Thus if I may use your child analogy, sure a baby has to learn how to crawl and walk before it can run, but the best way to teach it is to walk is NOT by tying together it's knees and feets with a rope, even if that would make it easier for it to stand straight.
If you teach it to rely on the rope for support, once you remove it, they will not start walking, but fall back back to the floor becuse the don't have the skills not the mucles to stand up on their own.
Teaching people how to stand on their own 2 feet is a much better approch and will get them to the 100 yard track much faster.