But it's not stupid to TEACH technique
who said it's stupid to teach technique ?
what I did say was that it is stupid to force someone to use a specific technique just because it works for you
I teach technique every single day ... I take what is natural and comfortable for the student after offering options and mold stick motivating tools around that
if you are forcing someone to hold a stick in the first joint of their index finger because that is what you believe is "correct" I believe you are providing a disservice