>Having occasionally worked as a trainer (and thus hung around with a lot
>trainers too), I can state that in my/our experience most people, even
>they want to learn, are pretty stupid, slow and tend to give up after
I'm also a part-time technical trainer, and my experience has been the opposite. Maybe I'm lucky.
I have noticed that the average person's attention (and patience) span seems a little constrained, but I think this is mainly an effect of current "public" schooling with its low standards of sustained critical thinking. If most people really were stupid, I bet we'd have more serious problems to contend with than power-grabbing politicians and overzealous bureaucrats.
I stand by my position that Joe Six-Pack's apparent mental lassitude is not due to inherent inability but to factors which are surmountable given the inclination and sufficient effort.