You say that "...he tongue still has to block the flow of air..."
If you mean that you always need to stop the flow of air with your tongue on all staccato notes - I disagree with this. The tongue does not need to block the flow of air for staccato notes.
If you mean that only YOU need to do this, then that's another story.
I can only tell you that I play staccato notes without stopping the air with my tongue. Maybe I'm the oddball or exception, but to me it sounds way better than cutting off the note with my tongue.