In my club, you do the form for a loooong time. They say that's how it's always been done and that's how they'll always do it. At this point, I am on my fourth correction of the YCF long form. I look around me and see everyone else doing dynamic push hands, pulling, spear, sword, saber, 2-man, etc. Sometimes it's hard for me but since I really do love it, I really don't mind at all. Actually, after talking to some senior students, they said I should relish in this process and enjoy getting it "right" - at least as right as I can for now. Needless to say, I'm very excited to start push hands, which should be soon.
On the other hand, when I use to go to a 24 form school, they had people on their first day do push hands. Seemed kind of crazy to me, since the newbies really had no idea what PH's was all about. I'm glad I left that school.