Well this is a role playing game, isn't it ? In most role playing games the character learns something, not the player !
Depends on how far you drive the identification process <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />
Seriously though, you're right: of course it's the character that has the learning to do. My personal sword skill has not risen after playing Divine Divinity and I've tried a thousand times, but I just can't get corpses to raise. (And now I've banned from the local graveyard <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/cry.gif" alt="" />)