HE was good at football and baseball, but his real passion was basketball. Imagine his
disappointment when he failed to make the varsity basketball team in his first year at Emsley A. Laney High School in Wilmington, N.C.
Michael Jordan didn't quit. He played junior varsity ball with a vengeance. He did so well that not only did he make the varsity team the next year, but the year after that he earned a spot on McDonald's national all-star team.
He went on to become the greatest basketball payer of all time. He also became a successful businessman.
His high school coach knew what he was doing. He motivated Jordan to work harder. The coach prepared Jordan for life by teaching him teamwork, sportsmanship and above all, failure.
A policy change proposed by Kanawha County Board of Education member Becky Jordon would rob students of that opportunity.
She would have the county mandate that every kid on every team in middle school is entitled to play in every game regardless of skill or work ethic. Such an entitlement would undercut the purpose of competitive sports.
She means well.