I guess that settles it. The mfg is always right and their word is gospel. I've somehow managed to bungle my way to a 1.2GHz overclock by dangerously and incorrectly applying my thermal paste. If we followed the mfg for everything, this particular area of HWC wouldn't exist.
Look, I'm not saying you shouldn't do it the way you're doing it. All I'm saying is that you shouldn't be teaching a newbie to do it wrong first. First show them the recommended way, and then show them the non-recommended way.
If someone who'd never seen a computer asked you to teach them, would you start off by teaching about phase change cooling and extreme overclocking? I doubt it, you'd start by teaching them the basics and the recommended way of doing things.