I have to also support the 'do not use Dreamweaver' to learn how to do web pages for the reasons already stated in this thread. I am interning as a web designer for Camgen LTD (camgen.com), and they want us to do our web page design in a text editor and not use any applications. Web design applications have their place, but if you do not understand the basic concepts that you learn when hard coding in a text editor, you will be lost if you have to fix code from a web design application.
Also, one of my professors who is a professional in this field, when she was teaching us the class in web design using Dreamweaver, she taught us how to hard code using the web standards and also said that applications like Dreamweaver can produce some bad code and does teach bad habits. So far, everything I have learned since has shown me she is correct. I've seen people who have always relied on applications to do the work crash and burn because they really did not understand how to actually write the code nor how the code actually works.
I also recommend using WC3school to learn about web design. Something that will help you, is when you are designing a web site, you need to know who your target audience is. How you design your website depends on many things. For example, if your target audience is likely to be higher tech users, then they would likely have browsers that are capable of viewing HTML5 and CSS3 (newest versions, but not yet standard). However, if your target audience is going to be the average home user, the type that buys a computer then never updates it, then using the latest (HTML5 and CS3) is not going to work on their older browsers so what they actually will see, may not look like you intended.
Another tip, learn CSS. You can do so much with CSS it's almost scary. www.csszengarden.com
is a great website that shows how you can change the entire look of a website just by changing the CSS.
Anyway, I think you will do yourself much more justice learning to hard code in a text editor (I use the free text editor called Crimson Editor myself). It really is not that hard to learn it that way either. Good luck and have fun!