What is it about sports figures that society places them on a pedestal; that is until they fall. Young children idolize and dream of Shaquille O’Neal, they want Michael Jordan tennis shoes, LeBron James t-shirts. What happened to valuing education, wanting books instead of trinkets? Have the values of society become so slanted that we’re valuing the wrong things. Look back 60 or 70 years. Education and employment were valued. People did everything they could NOT to go on unemployment. Today people expect it. The United States has one of the highest high school drop out rates in the world. Are we paying attention to and valuing the wrong things?