Optimal AWE education is the meta-topic here. This should not be a question of a suboptimal educational architecture. No student should fail at their own developmental level. Its up to the curriculum developer to make sure every student can succeed, from kinder and special-needs, to post-grad. Optimal methods tend to help.
The pumping Messenger offers a simple stable reliable reeling basis. The choice of crashing new airplanes is “very expensive” for most students. Access to shared optimal low-complexity AWES methods may be best for both students and energy markets. A beginning student should not be made to copy overly-complex design, Let them succeed at a KIS experience of finding creative solutions in a fertile engineering exploration space.
Fortunately Dude can pick whatever best fits his needs. Lets think ahead for future AWE students of every kind. What are the best lessons? NASA really pushes simple self-flying kites in its K-12 curriculum, and adding an AWE WECS component would be simple.