Should education be free?

My daughter Noa (Grade 9) wrote an interesting paper on this topic.

Should education be free for all, if so what steps can we take to achieve this?

Yes, education should be free but education is, and never will be, free. Someone always pays. There are three ways education can be founded.

The first option is private school. Of course, private school’s cost money. This money is provided by the user. The user being a student, it will most likely to be paid by their families. Therefore it is not “free education”.

The second option is the seemingly “free education”, but in reality, it isn’t. Public schools are founded by the government. But who is the government? The public is the government. The people that are citizens and use the schools are the public. In most places, even citizens that do not use the public schools are forced to pay for the schools through taxes. Taxes are payed by the public, not really making it “free education”. This again shows, that there is no such thing as “free education”.

But now we have a problem. You’re thinking, ‘of course there must be a way to provide free education!’ But you’re wrong. Even the third way, is not free.

If the private user doesn’t pay, and the public doesn’t pay, then how will “free education” be provided. The answer is simple; Sponsors.
Sponsors are people that either decide to give their time and effort to a, for example, school and work there voluntarily. Being a sponsor could also mean that a person not from the country/area gives money, books, utensils, etc. to the school in order to help.

But even if all of that is good and well, there is still someone paying for the teachers that stay in the school. Where does the sponsored money come from? No matter how much people try to provide “free education” it is simply not possible. Either the user, the government, or someone from outside has to pay. Someone always pays. And therefore, I think that there is no such thing as “free education” no matter how good it might sound.

But there is much more to “free education”. Of course, students living in a MEDC will have the choice between public school and private school, and since they’re probably not as poor, they will have no major difficulties with paying for the school system.
However, children/students living in a LEDC will have more difficulties with being able to attend school. Not only will there be private schools that are nowhere near affordable to them, but the public school system could be corrupt. When the public school is corrupt, students and their families end up having to pay even more money they could’ve used for other essential things.

Private school and paid public schools are usually only available in western countries because the government has the money from the taxes to pay the teachers, utensils, and rent for public schools. Private schools are also more common because people in western countries have much more money and when parents or guardians want their child/relative to have a better education, it is likely to be more available in western countries.

Steps we can take to achieve “free education”: there isn’t a lot of things that we can do alone, but organisations and people working together will have the most impact in people’s lives. In third world countries, such as Cambodia, have many NGOs (non-government organisations) to help the country and its citizens. Some NGOs provide education for people that do not have the privilege of being able to go to school. These students are then sponsored where the money comes from an outside source, usually a western country.

The spirit of excellence

I hate mediocrity. God hates mediocrity 

“Jerusalem, get up and shine, because your light has come, and the glory of the LORD shines on you. Darkness now covers the earth; deep darkness covers her people. But the LORD shines on you, and people see his glory around you. Nations will come to your light; kings will come to the brightness of your sunrise. “Look around you. People are gathering and coming to you. Your sons are coming from far away, and your daughters are coming with them.”‭‭ Isaiah‬ ‭60:1-4‬ ‭

God wants his church to GET UP AND SHINE!

The world response to excellence.

What is excellence?

  • Do what you do in the best way possible 
  • Do it in the best way and do it with a good attitude 

This is attractive. It shines!

Your performance creates your influence.

Success is a door opener

If you fail. No one wants to know your secret.

Become excellent at what you do. get up and shine!

  • Give your best.
  • Work had.
  • Think ahead.
  • Have ideas.
  • Be on time.
  • Be prepared.
  • Take notes.

David had the spirit of excellence.

He practices the harp in the dessert. No practice even if no one was listening.

This shows the presence of God.

If you have the spirit of excellence…

  • People want you close.
  • People trust you.

Everyone can do it:

  • Manage your work.
  • Your time.
  • Your money.
  • Your work ethic.

“Wise people have great power, and those with knowledge have great strength.”‭‭ Proverbs‬ ‭24:5‬ ‭

  • Wisdom comes from God.
  • Knowledge comes from learning.

…the LORD shines on you, and people see his glory around you. 

“Jesus grew in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and all the people.”‭‭ Luke‬ ‭2:52

What is keeping you from growing in wisdom and knowledge?

  • What is distracting you?
  • What is the next thing you need to become excellence in?

Live in the light

“God is my rock and my salvation. He is my defender; I will not be defeated.” Psalms 62:2

This is complete freedom.

Not afraid, nor ashamed.

“Evil people run even though no one is chasing them,
but good people are as brave as a lion.”
Proverbs 28:1

Jesus forgives you your mistakes.
Jesus said it’s done. Go on!

“You will have mercy on us again; you will conquer our sins. You will throw away all our sins into the deepest part of the sea.”
Micah 7:19

The deepest part of the see.
This means forgiven forever!


Its in the water. It can’t come back.

It’s a new start.

This is also the symbol of baptism.
A new beginning.
The old life has died with all the sin and shame. The new life with Jesus is now beginning.

But we also have to forgive ourselves.

How do you know if you have not yet forgiven yourself?
If you still think about your mistake a lot.

Two monks came to the river and a beautiful young lady stands there. She cannot cross the river because it’s too dangerous. One monk without hesitation picks the lady up on his shoulder and crosses the river. Put the lady down and the continued on their journey. They didn’t talk for one hour. After one hour the monk said to the other. “You know we made a commitment not to touch a woman. You not only touched a woman, you carried her over the river on your shoulder. Why did you carry her over the river? You broke the commitment!”
“I know, I made a mistake.
But I left her one hour ago by the river, but you still carry her in your mind.”

That’s exactly how we are.
We make mistakes and than we carry them in our thoughts.

Receive the forgiveness of Jesus Christ.
Except the forgiveness of Jesus.
Believe that your sins are washed away.
Forgive yourself.

This is living in the light.

It’s the grace of God.

The grace of God protects us like a shield.

Out of the biggest pile of crap the most beautiful roses grow.

Jesus can turn around anything to the best for us.

If we understand this. We know, that everything is possible for our God in heaven.

“So stand strong and use the shield of faith with which you can stop all the burning arrows of the Evil One.” Ephesians 6:14-16

You and me with Grace know, that God can turn every round.


Have you ever looked into the eyes of a guilty person. They can’t keep eye-contact.

“We know very well what Satan’s plans are.”
2 Corinthians 2:11

The devil has always the same system to attack us.

This happened to the first people in the beginning.

The devil came in the form of a snake.


When eve saw the tree and the fruits. She wanted it.
The devil says it’s good for you.

The devil makes you think God has not good plans for you.
“Are you really sure God wants the best for you?”
“Is God even real! Can he hear you?”

If you do this it will be the best thing in Your life.

We do it. And than we are ashamed. We hide. No more in the light.
Adam and Eve were hiding behind the tree from God.

Sin always separates relationships!


But God looks for you, Adam, where are you?
God knows where you are. You can never hide from God, but he asked you,

The devil wants to separate my marriage, my family, my relationships, my church, …

Don’t let unforgiveness destroy your relationships!

We try to hide our sins.
Because we are ashamed.

We think if nobody knows it will go away.

It does not.
You know what you have done.
God has seen it.

God is looking for you right now.

“Where are you?”

This is the goodness of God.


Jesus made a way.
Jesus does not condemn you.

But as long as we are not confessing our sins we will not be free.

“All these evil things begin inside the mind: evil thoughts, sexual sins, stealing, murder, greed, lying, jealousy, speaking evil of others,… All these evil things come from inside and make people unclean.”
Mark 7:21-23


Learn from the ants

Go watch the ants, you lazy person. Watch what they do and be wise. Ants have no commander, no leader or ruler, but they store up food in the summer and gather their supplies at harvest. Proverbs‬ ‭6‬:‭6‬ 

Learn from the ants

They have no ruler because they works for a queen.

We christians don’t need a leader to tell us what to do, because we do everything for our king Jesus!

You don’t need anyone to push us. That’s the attitude!
The ant is a symbol of THE POWER OF FAMILY 

An ant can carry many times their own body weight.

This is what a Christian is like with the Holy Spirit.

But an ant can do nothing alone.

But together they can change a landscape.
When we as a Christian family work together, nothing can stop us.

The ants live for their community
Everyone steps back with their dream, to benefit the community.
The community is the most important thing.

Uniting for the same vision.
It’s about giving up your dream because of the dream of Jesus.

This is how we know what real love is: Jesus gave his life for us. So we should give our lives for our brothers and sisters. 1 John‬ ‭3‬:‭16‬

Ants are symbol of EXCELLENT TEAMWORK 
Just like this church.

Kids problems are parents opportunities 

When parents see their children’s problems as opportunities to build the relationship instead of as negative, burdensome irritations, it totally changes the nature of parent-child interaction.

Parents become more willing even excited, about deeply understanding and helping their children.

When a child cames to them with a problem, instead of thinking, “Oh no! Not another proboblem!” their paradigm is, “Here is a great opportunity for me to really help my child and to invest in our relationship.” 

Many interactions change from transactional to transformational, and strong bonds of love and trust are created as children sense the value parents give to their problems and to them as individuals.

Guard your thoughts!

There will always be people around you that will criticize you. They are jealous and want to bring you down. People that don’t support you. Never let people around you set the limits in your life. You will always have people that will never believe your dreams will come true.

They will say you are…

  • too poor
  • too uneducated 
  • too young 
  • too crazy 

You don’t have what it takes. You grow up in the wrong family – In the country…

Sometimes you have to have the faith that stands alone.

Because the dream God has given to you – is in YOU. NOT IN OTHER PEOPLE.


I can do all things through Jesus, because he gives me strength.
Philippians 4:13

I am what I think

Take care of your thoughts for they will become words.
Take care of your words because they will become actions.
Take care of your words because they will become habits.
Take care of your habits because they will form your character.
Take care of your character because that will be your destiny.


  • I am not who the police say I am.
  • I am not who the teachers say I am.
  • I am not who my friends say I am.
  • I am not who my enemies say I am.
  • I am not who the devil says I am.

I am who God says I am.

God says I am …

  • Blessed
  • Wanted
  • Forgiven 
  • Useful 
  • Loved

I am a child of the living God.

I can do all things through Jesus, because he gives me strength. Philippians 4:13

I am who God says I am.

Who do you think you are?

This is it


We are always waiting for the perfect opportunity.
It almost never happens. 
You’re probably working on a job or project right now and saying,
‘This is boring, let’s just deal with it and get it over with.
We’ll make the next one good.’
Whatever is on your desk right now, that’s the one.
Make THIS the best you possibly can. 
It may not be great, but at least you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing you did the best you possibly could, and you may learn something from it.
And you’re always free to do an alternative that does satisfy your creative standards.
Great opportunities don’t just come along.
That’s true, even if you’ve earned a reputation for doing good work (although that helps).
Give your very best – all the time!
If you want to do something great? Here is the key.
Whoever can be trusted with a little can also be trusted with a lot, and whoever is dishonest with a little is dishonest with a lot. Luke 16:10
Be faithful in the little things!
Make this year a year of being faithful in the small things.
The things that are not seen by others.
The hard work no one will ever thank you.
Successful solutions are often made by people
rebelling against bad opportunities.