You don't think that attitude leads to even worse user behavior?
Don't get me wrong. Qubes would be on my list if I made it time to write it, but if it were strictly a security list and there were prizes to be had, I'd vote something more likely to wind up Joe America's hands, like the Tor Browser or Tox.im.
UX nightmare combined with false sense of security, I wouldn't say it wins for 2015.
I think the real winner is the Tor project itself, which has made great gains in the "get everyone interested in cryptography" sector.
I agree that RTFM is a great way to learn, but so is searching the web and learning things in context. Those who don't RTFM are probably just looking to patch something, rather than build out whole applications, so I don't think it's a major concern. I think the best coders will be those who maintain their curiosity and continue to try to improve things, not those who just rip snippets off the web and cobble them into some barely-functioning thing.
Are you saying they should do nothing, and hand out degrees to these kids, sending them into the world thinking that this sort of behavior will always be tolerated everywhere they go? Because that would be setting them up for failure, giving them the wrong idea of how society works, and thus not doing their jobs as educators.
They're not being arrested for saying it. No government agency is moving against them. So far they haven't even been kicked out of school or had their public loans revoked. So WTF does the constitution have to do with it?