Yesterday, the Charleston Gazette learned of a policy proposed by the Kanawha County Board of Education that would force equal playing time for all players on sports teams at South Charleston Middle School.
What’s the rationale here?
“[If] a kid sits on that bench all through middle school, they will not attempt to be engaged in high school. We know the kids that are most involved are the most successful," she said. "It's not just about bullying. It's an awkward age. There isn't a person that can say middle school was a great time. If we can make a minimal step to make kids feel better about themselves, we should."
That’s what school board member Becky Jordon had to say on the matter.
"I think this has been misunderstood,” she added. “Yes, there are a lot of young athletes that work really hard, and they deserve the right to play more. I just feel like it needs to be fair. I'm not saying take the superstars out of the game, but you know what? Give everyone a chance.