Originally Posted by BigE
Unfortunately, there is nothing published or taught that defines what this means. In my mind, the skills and their required display during fast tracking must be specifically addressed if you are going to allow instructors to skip steps. What happens if that student progresses, and possibly even becomes an instructor, and remains clueless about the missing steps? They will lack the criteria to determine if they should skip some steps.
Good thoughts here. To me, the issue of completeness is addressed when I see who I am teaching. I have different approaches to general lessons vs instructor training lessons. A lot of things which are very important for an instructor to know don't generate the same level of interest for the general public, so I don't mind accommodating that by leaving them out of the general lesson (the CSIA catch phrases here are "student centred teaching" and "guest experience").
Maybe I can clarify with examples in context:
If I have a nominal beginner skier in a class who is athletic, confident, and maybe with some skills transferable from another sport (e.g. hockey), there's a real good chance that there won't be a lot of emphasis on snow plow turns. It's worth showing, of course, because even racers might use a snow plow occasionally (course inspection & maintenance for example).
If that same skier develops skills and interest to the point that they want to be an instructor, then they will be back for another lesson which does focus on snowplow, because as an instructor, they must know all the steps.