I thought about these folks when I enlisted in captain’s school. I soon discovered that “classes” had nothing in the way of hands-on, and that many of the students had little practical experience on the water. As I remember, the “instructor,” a recent graduate, simply asked and answered the hundred or so questions on the exam until the class could squawk the answers like parrots. Students also learned how to fill out the sea time form (creative writing) and if they passed the pee test, the school guaranteed a passing score. If you missed the multiple-choice or the cup, you could try again.