Originally Posted by therusty
Getting mad at PSIA because of this is doing a disservice to your friend and to your potential future students. It is within your power to turn this into a positive experience.
Another candidate in my teaching exam was also only taking the teaching. He has been teaching skiing for 22 years and is an adult supervisor at a major Rocky Mountain resort. His work in the teaching exam was certainly below standards for level II, and all of us in his group knew it. It was painful for me to listen to him dig a hole, get handed a shovel by the examiner, but then keep digging the wrong way.
During a lift ride following one of these experiences, he complained about PSIA. I have to admit that my thought at the time was, "This doesn't have anything to do with PSIA, I'm afraid." But, I didn't say anything. He clearly believed that he knew all the he needed to know and that he deserved the Level II pin. For my part, I would not want him to teach anyone that I know. I don't think he had the communication skills to teach, even though he may have had sufficient skiing skills.
Please note that I am not equating this to Steve, JohnSki. I am saying that I think there are challenges that examiners have, and one of them is to maintain their objectivity in the face of people like the guy in my group complaining about their treatment. You'll note that I have also complained about an examiner that I had last year for Level II teaching. I still believe that the examiner last year was not fair, objective, or current in his judgement, but he may feel that I was simply like the guy in my anecdote, above. It's a difficult job, I think, and subject to various personal motivations that we may misinterpret.