Skip Barber, too -- but I was driving that way long before I took his courses.
I'll do heel-and-toe downshifts on a closed course but I don't drive that way on a daily basis on the street and if I expect a transmission to last me 100k plus miles.
My wife used to do the "downshift" thing for toll plazas on the Parkway and it irked me no end.
She rarely managed to match the revs with the speed and the car did not sound/feel "happy" when she did it. The end result was that I "volunteer" to do all the driving when it involves one of my cars.
Maybe that was her intention.
E91 wagon 22K miles "Classic" BMW inline six, six-speed manual transmission, Alpine, Terra, Xenons, ZSP, ZCW, ZPP, PDC, CA, alarm, M shifter and M brake handle, Euro rear fog light switch, Euro aspheric mirrors, rear power outlets, Euro split armrest, Garmin nüvi custom cupholder mount, Lidatek, V-1 rear headrest mount and built-in remote display, Cocomats (back to the 1970s!)