I, of all people, must certainly agree with the philosophy of what you are suggesting. For each of us, our thinking and decisions reflect our perspective. I personally look at the first direction changes any of my students make as the fledgling turns of potential expert skiers. However, I do so with the knowledge that the movements I teach them enable that potential and don't inherently handicap it. Not from the naive assumption that anything old thing I do with them that creates a direction change is self-justifying.
I only intend to differentiate from that view of instructors who see any old wedge turn made any old way as an end that justifies the means. It should be the rare exception that results in this being viewed as a successful outcome either for their teaching or the students learning potential. But is so rare?
I agree as well that if we can change the perception of the role of beginning turns to be as vehicles to deliver the learning of expert movements instead of outcomes of achievement in of themselves, there is great potential to change the overall perspective of the process of learning to ski to become one of learning to learn to ski. The most important thing a student learns ,after the fact that they can indeed turn, is what movements they used to get their skis to respond to their desires. It's about the movements that facilitate the learning, not the name of the turn.
I see that, more so than at any time in our history, there is a much clearer distinction between what are efficient and in-efficient movements with which to learn to ski. Especially to learn in such a way so as to have the necessary options available to fulfill that expert potential.
But hey, I recognize that with the level of the audience here I may be preaching to the choir and do not intend to besmirch those who have already expanded their perspectives and continue to explore new options to meet their students needs.
I am looking to create some hmmmm or wonder in any instructors that only have a perspective or foundation in how we used to ski, which supported what we used to teach.
<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ December 09, 2001 09:25 AM: Message edited 1 time, by Arcmeister ]</font>