Lance Dopestrong wrote:How do you keep an eye on a dozen kids? That is simply not possible to do effectively. I teach this stuff for a living and would never dream of a group bigger than 8, and 6 is my preference, and that's with relatively well behaved adults.
So you've never been in a teaching situation in your life when a single teacher kept their eye on a dozen kids? You might want to propose it's impossible at the next NUT conference, but do take earplugs for the laughter you'll get.
You don't appear to have too much grasp of what it is you're actually criticising (not for the first time, either). It's not bespoke professional training, isn't trying to be, and would be little use if it was.
You say groups should never be over 8, so that'll 3-4 sessions with 2 instructors for a single primary class to get through a lesson. Where are you going to find the time in a school timetable for that, and where are you going to find a school with the pockets to pay for it?
The basics of bike handling to enable one to pedal for short values of motor traffic free A to B (Bikeability L1 in other words) does not require bespoke professional training. Anyone suggesting it does is trying to mystify riding a bike and/or confusing "optimal" with "adequate" (I was chatting to an experienced track coach starting to do Bikeability recently, he was bemoaning how it was impossible to do much with a saddle at the wrong height and I pointed out that was about 90%+ of all kids on BMXs, yet they get about. He conceded the point, realising it's not all marginal-gains everything must be as good as possible).
When you get to L3 it's a 6:2 instructor ratio in Scotland (just as you'd like), because in Proper Traffic it's just not tenable to do it with a big group and low instructor ratio. But there's more to "Bikeability" than L3. Tellingly, very little L3 is taught, not because it's a bad thing but because it's very hungry for resources that aren't easily available.