Over the last several years, in regard to public schools, I know I have been hearing the mantra “Race to the Top.” But with the recently announced Ohio High School Athletic Association coaches rules change proposal, it once again sounds like the race to mediocrity. If you cannot win, then change the rules in the interest of perceived fairness.
I would have thought the high school coaches would have been the last group to desire a tournament “win with an asterisk,” in which the best school teams in Ohio were barred from competition. Sort of like an Olympics where Germany, Russia and the United States were not invited.
If a tourney trophy for the school hallway hardware display is the most important thing for these coaches and athletic directors, then, by all means, vote yes to this proposal. We certainly would not want these athletes whose teams come in second or third to have their self-esteem damaged. It may just be me, but I thought “separate but equal” thinking had long ago run its course.