the value of education

Brian Urlacher, the all-pro linebacker of the Chicago Bears, was fined $100,000 yesterday by the National Football League for wearing a ball cap with a logo for the company Vitamin Water on it during media day of the last Super Bowl. Vitamin Water, evidently, is not an official (i.e. authorized) sponsor of the NFL. The amount of the fine is the standard for such an offense during the Super Bowl. During a regular season game, it’s $10,000.

The total amount of my undergraduate and graduate education was a bit more in dollar amount than Mr. Urlacher’s penalty, but my outstanding student loans are pretty darn close to it, leaving me to wonder when and how something that goes on top of one’s head came to be just as valuable as what goes inside it. Or put another way, when did education become so cheap?

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