I've had a chance to cool myself and I understand where you are coming from. I realize that technology changes and we do have to move forward to keep up. While it is not practical for my existing clients to upgrade their current sites, moving forward with new development I will embrace the change.
Having not done much new development in the past 4 years, almost everything has taken a new approach and having to learn all of that at once is a big undertaking. My last site was created with some CSS, but mostly tables for layout with SQL Server 2000 & ASP for data. I am now moving forward with all CSS, MySQL and PHP for my new site.
I appreciate the tools that your company offers as they do help make development easier (although not entirely without some frustration).
For any one else in my situation, I have found this site to be extremely helpful in learning PHP and other development skills. Check it out: PHPintro.php