|I would tend to agree|
Copy con can be useful if you're stuck without a proper editor (or the hideous Edlin) but the standalone Ed.com from Win95 is preferred.
Instead of messing about with bootdisks, you might try using the multi-config feature introduced in DOS6.
An indispensable tool for learning DOS syntax is the DOS6 Help/Qbasic application
I'm not saying there should be a capital punishment for stupidity, but why don't we just take the safety labels off of everything and let the problem solve itself?