“hey I just made my first web page and it’s awesome…but how do I hide some text until the user presses a button?”
“No one should be writing anything for the web without a basic understanding of how the DOM works”
Anthony Gore

Retiring jquery for these folks is a tall order. Considering most are probably using a mash of plugins that use jQuery, they might have to use it anyway.

jquery is still the finest library of helpers next to lodash IMHO. Take things like Ajax, throttle/defer, and memorize. This goes beyond templates, events and DOM manipulations.