It is ironic that poor instructor are used to justify the extremely poor teaching concept of blended training.
The NRA basic pistol teaching outline was such a good course that an average teacher would have success.
I do not believe it had anthing to do with quality but control and greed. The TC training at Farfax is not any better than the training that was done out here in the field.
I am happy to see Basic Pistol back.
I think that there were definitely some QC issues that needed to be dealt with, but when local TC's trusted to audit courses are so spread out it was "easier" to just force blended in.
We saw a lot of really talented Instructors and TCs walk away from Basic Pistol, not only because it was a turd and a failure in every measurable aspect of performance, but because almost ZERO students found it desirable over actual Instruction.
I have only ever seen three types of personnel excited to see blended after its content was released:
1. Instructors and TC's that would prostitute any virtue to curry favor with T&E, and who actually had the experience to know, but lacked the fortitude to tell the proverbial emporer that he had no clothes.
2. Instructors and TCs with next to no actual practical teaching experience who had no idea just how ugly that baby was going to be to implement, and how cost inefficient it would be for students. (Time has value)
3. Instructors and TCs who knew just how miserable they were at leading a group through the course....With no milestones, abilities, or achievements to celebrate, blended would bring everyone down to their level, and their incompetence would be ameliorated. Ironically this was the demographic referred to as a reason for blended.
I was given the honor of teaching the first (non T&E) NRA Instructor workshop in the Continental US featuring "Blended learning"..... right here in Ottowa IL.
When I had established a relative baseline of the average absorbtion rate for Traditional Basic Pistol in students with very little to zero previous firearms experience and applied it to the average completion times for instructor candidates to finish the online portion (phase 1) there was no question as to what an inoperable failure that program would become.
Couple that with the fact that they had already exhausted their development budget, were way beyond deadline, and could not even project being able to salvage the concept without introducing phase 1 at such a ridiculous price point, it is easy to see why so many capable instructors and TCs balked when T&E took an optional introduction off the table and forced that rotten hunk of wood down their throats while telling them it was all being done to make their job easier! More time on the range!!
Except any instructor with an IQ over 70, who had taught enough coursework to know what the retention rate is for conceptionally new material via an online medium saw the approaching leviathon and, in many cases, were silenced.
Granted, there was no shortage of emotional responses, but even rational, clinical observations about its lack of viable attributes were ignored. Someone actually said it was the instructor's own fault if they could not make blended successful, and it solidified his status as being in the same vein of the failed huckster of a piramid scheme. "Improvise, adapt...blah, blah,"...yep just like the manager of a shady restaraunt trying to hide the smell of improperly stored fish with a little more sauce.
I am glad basic pistol is back to being instructor led, and that I will get to ignore blended as it dies in a dark corner somewhere, but I somehow doubt we are near the point of being able to reference its introduction with an aire of "someday we will look back on this and laugh".
Until then I will encourage NRA Instructors to use the Instructor Led Basic Pistol with full faith that it is still a fantastic resource for new pistol shooters, and that there are no moves to radically abandon the core principals that have made the NRA the National Standard for instruction darkening the horizon.
Edited by Rockdiver, 25 April 2017 - 10:06 AM.
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