Chasbo00 wrote:Perhaps somewhere in between is reasonable. Provide prerequisites, have the students show up before the class starts and evaluate them. Then, you could put them into three categories:
1. Meet the standards and are good to go.
2. Don't meet the standards, but demonstrate safe gun handling and use. You inform them (privately) that their skills are not up to par for this course and that you will not hold the class back for them. But, they are welcome to participate in the course so long as they remain safe. You also offer them a voucher for a subsequent course if they desire.
3. Are unsafe. These folks get a voucher and a trip home.
I suspect you would very rarely get any students who fall into 3 above, if the course content and prerequisites are properly stressed to prospective students.
I appreciate the thought that you've put into this, but I still see some problems. First, the student who is supposed to be there early for an eval, but shows up late. Do I send him home PO'd, or do I hold up the entire class while we eval him?
Some people think that their skills are better than they really are. If they show up thinking that they can do stuff and they can't, that's an issue. Sometimes, people erroneously think that DH-I is a "teach you how to shoot a gun" class. Its not. We clearly state in DH-I, "Students should have a firm grasp on the fundamentals of shooting (stance, grip, sight alignment, etc) before registering for this class. This class will build upon those skills
.", yet we've had people show up who have never shot a handgun before. Imagine if we then said for DH-II, "you can take this class if you know how to draw from your holster, do linear/lateral movement, etc". That would be a disaster waiting to happen.
The main problem is not necessarily that the student must do the exercises correctly, but that they must understand why they're doing them. They need to see how their body, their gun, and their holster work under the conditions presented, and how to compensate/correct for any problem areas. There's much more than that involved here, but the easiest thing to do for everyone involved is to just take the courses and learn the movements.