I think all skippers should be confident navigating traditionally.
I think thats a load of bollocks. (Thats my fav word of the day. But just today)
Teaching people the old outdated school like sextant sights just bores the student. It needs to be kept relevant.
Compas swingers are a thing of the past because a compass doesnt need to be accurate anymore, its just a reference, an approximation, good enough for emergency.
Now courses should covering, not to a proficent level as in the past, getting to a port in case of an emergency. That uses differenct techniques that can be learned basically. Things like you are off the east coast USA in June. West is where the sun sets, go west, when you see land, if no visual identification, wave madly, wait for a ship and follow, vhf the Coasties etc. one doesnt need to have precise L&L and make it to the exact destination, one merely needs to get to a safe port.
As the older lot of sailors die and theres generational change the rediculousness of the paper/non ecn position will be come irrelevant. All cell phones will have GPS, all will probably be Satellite connected, all wil have world maps available without cell connection (with Advertising!!!!!). Big brother will know where you are anyway with his chip up your bum.
The last bit of paper has left the modern world of aircraft, space flights, science, and even literature. Ask and author to write a page with a pen and his hand will be shakey, the prose weak and sentences wrong, but give him his computer and his words will flow.....
Damn it! I have to go! My refrigerator with its internet connection has listed my days social events! I am meeting 3 (three!) females all with huge gazooballys!