I hardly feel "put down." At this point, I know that you have strong personal beliefs, and generally mean well. But....
At risk moving slightly off-topic here, I'll respond to your comments. If you read my post carefully, you will see that it is exactly the OPPOSITE of what you have suggested! I am advocating that instructors give advice that is specific to the individual needs of each unique, individual student--and only after determining what those needs are. You have suggested that "everyone" should do exactly the same thing, regardless of what they NEED, or what they WANT--that somehow the same advice works for everyone, always:
|there's one way to learn....Yes ryan, you pull the inside foot back - all the time.... See page 63.
To pass the same instruction on to everyone, without even seeing whether it is appropriate to each person or not, to suggest that everyones needs are the same, in all situations, is NOT "customer-focused" in any way, shape, or form. It is TECHNIQUE-focused, at best, and harks back to the stereotyped old Austrian mechanistic teaching styles of a time long past. It is a classic rookie instructor's mistake, and one of the worst things you can do if you want to pass an exam!
We have moved far beyond that!
In any case, we CAN measure good technique in many ways, both objectively and subjectively. The points that I made above (previous post) do not suggest that we can't identify, consistently, "good technique." While individual wants and motivations are unique to each of us--and it is ridiculous to question, criticize, or second-guess what someone else wants or enjoys--physical laws, biomechanical efficiency, speed, accuracy, and so on are not opinions! You don't have to do a customer survey to determine whether 2+2=4!
Even so, back to the original thread, the advice to become more square is ONLY valid for someone who, for whatever reason, is not square enough. For those people, it is good advice! But it is CLEARLY wrong for the person who is too square--and there are a lot of those out there too. It is the open-minded focus on the individual skier, the honest and full understanding of his/her wants and needs, that allows an instructor to orchestrate a successful lesson. NOT the passing on of canned advice!
This is really an important issue. Even if I were to take a customer survey and determine that the majority of skiers "like" some particular thing, it would STILL be a mistake to assume that any given individual student wants that thing! Understanding trends is one thing--an important thing, no doubt--but it is still wrong to base a lesson on trends and unverified assumptions rather than on the specific needs of specific skiers.
What makes a lesson truly student-focused is that the STUDENT--with his/her unique set of needs and desires--determines the progression and unfolding of the lesson. What makes a lesson NOT student-focused is when the instructor passes on a canned lesson, from a book, or any single source, to everyone who comes along.
SCSA, please bear in mind that I appreciate your strong and passionate beliefs, and I welcome and respect your defense of them. I mean you no disrespect by disagreeing with you!