Originally Posted by ssh
It is not the students' thinking that is the issue. When "teachers" don't understand the best role of the teacher as guide/servant, they get the "attitude" of authority and it all goes downhill. To be clear, the vast majority of solid teachers get this. But, we all know a few who don't...
Sorry, Steve. I am happy to serve. I am not interested in being treated like a servant.
I am more than happy to carry 3 pairs of skis across the base area. I will, if the client/guest/customer can remember where they put them, be glad to go gather up skis and poles and anything else that needs to come along and haul them to where they need to go. I will spend a great deal of time on my knees in front of people adjusting boots, removing extra pairs of socks, pulling the blue jeans that were so carefully tucked in out of the boots, moving buckle ladders (I always carry the appropriate hex key), etc.
But the instant someone gives me the "Pick up my skis, boy!" treatment, I tend to develop some resistance.
I will grant that they have, in some cases, paid the resort an astronomical amount of money for the privilege of skiing with me. Still, there isn't enough money to give them the right to treat me like that.
Having said that, I will also say that such people are extremely rare. Further, people who think so highly of themselves rarely take lessons. Such treatment isn't much of a problem in the ski instruction business, although maybe it happens more often at places like Vail.
But I am a guide, a teacher, a mentor in some limited sense, a coach. I am not a servant. You are my customer, my student, my guest - and even my teacher. I will do what I can to serve you - and yet I am not a servant.
Getting back to the original issue: Ski instructors are in a unique position with regard to the impact their behavior can have on the precious vacation time of individuals and families. The lesson on the first day can make or break an expensive vacation, especially a lesson for beginners. Give them the skills they want and need to start having some fun in the short term structured as a foundation they can build on if they wish, and they will be more than glad they spent the money. They'll be very happy, they won't treat you like a servant, and they'll be back.