Request Vs. Requirement Based Studios
Terah W., Kansas
I was not able to go to the San Jose Symposium and have really enjoyed hearing everyone tell how much they got out of it. I was able to attend the Omaha Conference last fall and it was pretty wonderful, too.
Apparently, in San Jose Neil spoke of having a requirement-based studio vs. a request-based studio and I think from what little has been said that I have an idea of what was meant by that. However, for the sake of clarity–for myself and any others–could someone offer a concise explanation of the difference?
Victoria S., California
I think an important part of the requirement-based studio is that the students understand that they must do as the teacher says, not as a punishment threat, but, as Neil put it, just as a lock requires a key in order for the lock to work as it is designed to do, the student is required to do as the teacher says in order for the student to get the results we say the SM program promises. Neil, of course, adds that the student doesn’t have to comply and he will be supportive of their decision, but he just can’t teach them if they don’t so they have to leave the studio.
I wouldn’t say the latter part unless they are downright rebellious and doing everything to claim territory for whatever reason.