Without going into too much detail, many of the instructors in this country do not feel that they are fairly treated and that the PSIA does not do enough to help us, some view the PSIA as a tool of management. I don't do what I do for the money, I run in the red at the end of the year. On a good day I make just enough after taxes to cover gas to the hill and lunch. Most days are not good days ..... but I don't do this for the money so that point is moot.
I do dispense tips when asked, but a similiar thread last year got men thinking (perhaps too much), but some folks do ask for a tip and turn it into a lesson .... conversely, it my norm to spend that half hour between line-ups, unpaid, with my group or student. All of the above factor into the plight of the instructor .... and ... how we can change it. As Ott indicated, do you call your doctor for a tip? Your lawyer? When you see your broker in the barber shop?
We are percieved as "on duty" while we are in uniform and in some ways we are, but we are not paid when we are not teaching, and how could you or J. Q. Public even know that?
Regarding why I don't list myself in the instructors directory, several reasons: First, I know that I'm a minor league pitcher and the directory is for the real pros. Secondly, I try not to use this forum to hustle business. Epic is kind of a special non-commercial place and for me that would ruin a part of it.
To go back to the question, part of problem is that insrtuctors don't last long here in the US. At the bottom, there is a verey high turn over. About 85% of the applicants at the four day instructor training program (cost is about $150), never take the job, A high percentage of first year hires will never return my guess ... about another fifty percent. It is said that in Europe, being an instructor is a middle class occupation and I (as well as others), keep hashing over the salient differences between our lot and the Euros.
I think .... remember the Pogo line? .... "we met the ememy and they wuz us!"
:[ November 28, 2003, 04:05 PM: Message edited by: yuki ]