I'm lucky they don't do their homework.

Over the years I've acquired a great deal of experience teaching these skills, and I admit that I'm considered very good at it. Each year a new crop of teachers decides that they want to learn to use the internet, and that a basic course can help them get over the various roadblocks on the path toward mastering this tool. So each year I get to teach the basics.

Over the past few years the internet has become an integral part of our culture. Thus, though it's true that beginners have to learn by themselves and make their own mistakes before acquiring any particular skill, a growing body of knowledge around the internet and the tools we use to access it have become common knowledge. Because of this, it makes sense to assume that even with a new crop of pupils each year, more and more people come to these classes with a stronger foundation in the basics. Figuring this to be the case, about three years ago I predicted that by now this once lucrative channel of income should have dried up. Yet for some reason, this isn't the case. Sometimes my students appear to be so adamant about devoting close to no time to practice and to making use of the skills they learn in class, that I barely do anything else in these classes beyond teaching the basics again and again, and I become convinced that I can continue milking this source of income for many years to come.

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