With all the regular talk that occurs on the forum about various educators and "spruikers", I have to wonder what a REAL alternative is for people who are new to investing. How do newbies know who is a good educator and who is not? What defines a good educator? Are all educators Bad? Are they all Spruikers? How do we define what a spruiker is? What are some good guidelines for a new investor to follow with respect to looking for assistance? Aside from obviosuly reading these forums with is a wealth of knowledge and picking up some good books. How can we help newbies look for decent educators?