I just started at a new ski school. Finished four days of training for new (to the school), experienced instructors yesterday. I won't name old or new schools.
Here is a thing that I noticed and invite you folks to comment on:
The introductory training was fun, informative, and collegial. There was a bit of feedback on personal skiing early on but almost none the last couple of days. And on the last day when we were actually doing some teaching to one another, there was none whatsoever. Obviously, people get rusty during a summer away from the slopes, but I saw some pretty bad demos - following the tips around, hands at the thighs, the usual stuff. The kind of thing that doesn't really require much more than bringing to your attention to make you drop it like the hot potato. But nothing.
At the old school, if the clinician didn't point it out, one of your peers certainly would. and that was ok, expected and, for the most part welcome.
Have I gone from some anal, fascist culture to one which is more like the rest of the world ? Or have I gone from the norm to some hippy-dippy if-you-can't-say-something-nice-don't-say-anything at all, PollyAnna place ? Or something else. What is your school like?
If it matters, this was training for part-time instructors. The old (seemingly stricter) school has nothing but part-timers, who tend to be middle-aged professional adults with full time jobs otherwise. The new (seemingly more lax) school has part and full time staff, many of whom are in their teens and twenties. From my knot-hole, it seems like if there was going to be a big difference, it would be the other way around.