Snipping the quote tree:
For those saying you shouldn't drive a stick on the roads until you're completely ready, that's not possible. There are things that you can never "practice" for until you're on the road and in the situation. I practiced and practiced with my dad in the local elementary school's parking lot, but still had problems on the roads until I got the feeling for it.
Such as? Yes, of course, new drivers might have duh moments, but by and large you (general) should be competent enough at the point where you pass your test to handle your car properly on the road in all kinds of conditions and situations. (However, as I'm discovering on the other thread, all driving tests are not created equal.)
Of course, if your sole practice with a manual car is with a parent in a parking lot, you're going to have issues when you get onto the road totally unprepared. If, on the other hand, you take lessons with a qualified instructor and then take a test to show you're competent to drive it, perhaps not so much.
The system seems to be what's at fault here: not training drivers properly in the first place.