Hmm, well we really disagree then, I think it's crucial to get into good habits right from the start. I sometimes go back and look at the photos I shot when I got my first DSLR and they're all JPEGs and therefore unrescuable. It seems daft to me to go to the trouble and expense of buying a decent camera and then using it as a point & shoot. Post processing is at least half the fun and half the point.
I cant imagine anything more off putting than starting to learn photography with an SLR while having to deal with the hassle of RAW processing as well. I admit that RAW is the way to go eventually, but I feel there are more important things to learn before then. You know when you need the extra editing capabilities and headroom of RAW but personally I would avoid it at the start.
or what Harry said more succinctly
Actually the RAW plus JPEG is the best option as said above. I just feel RAW processing is something else to do ontop of the steep learning curve but being able to go back once you are comfortable would be a great bonus. Of course it depends on how you feel about messing around with PCs because if you are happy with that, then go for it with the RAW.
Mind you, I wouldn't say shooting JPEG makes an SLR a point and shoot! Using auto modes does that but you still get all of the creative control with a JPEG during shooting as you do with a RAW in the more manual modes, it is just that what you get out of the camera has all the range you are going to get.