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Why language education must be free

Language education must be free!

There is a big misunderstanding regarding the place of language education in our life. Most of the people still hold the old belief that language education is a product like any other product and hence, must be consumed. It is a fundamental error, since language education is like no other product and must be widely accepted as a birthright, not a commodity.

As a birthright I refer to something that is acquired or inherited at birth. No one will ever think about asking you to pay for the right to drink clean water or to breathe fresh air (actually, they do it in many countries, especially in the Middle East and Africa, but it is wrong and you should resist this brutal act of government taxation, since it is your birthright to have clean air and fresh water) so why do we all agree to pay for your basic education? It must be free and paid by the government, like Mathematics, History, Literature, Science, etc.  All must be provided for free and no one has the right to prevent you from having them.

You may say that you agree, ‘but the situation is …’ and I must remind you again that it is your right, so fight for it!

“Get up, stand up: stand up for your rights!
Get up, stand up: stand up for your rights!
Get up, stand up: stand up for your rights!
Get up, stand up: don’t give up the fight! ”

(Bob Marley)

Don’t get me wrong, you should still constantly search for great teachers and pay them for their work. They also have the right to earn their living and their mission is a blessed one. However, while you do so, call your government and demand them to provide you basic language education. It is yours by birthright, don’t let anyone take it from you!

The same rule goes for language products. While basic training should be brought to you with no charge, unique products or tools might still be cost worthy to get. Like anything else in life, where there is demand you may see higher prices. Nevertheless, basic language education must remain free and demand it in exchange for the tax you pay.

“You, you may say
I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one
I hope some day you’ll join us
And the world will be as one”

(John Lennon)

Let language education be free!

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8 thoughts on “Why language education must be free

  1. Nothing is free. From the fresh air you breathe to the clean water you drink. The only fundamental right humans are given is the right to fight to stay alive. As society continues to evolve so does the way we fight to stay alive. We went from pointy sticks versus nature’s wild beasts to money makes the world go round.

    What I am trying to say is it would be great if we had free language education, after all us human’s wouldn’t be where we are today without language, right? However, nothing is free. Free language education as compared to the aforementioned subjects, mathematics, history, literature, and science, would come at the expense of the taxpayers or someone’s generosity.

    On the other hand in this day and age it’s already possible to learn a language completely free without paying for learning recourses such as courses, tutors, and books. The Internet already holds a vast amount of information to make it possible to learn a new language; not to forget you could do the same with learning math, history, literature, science, and etc. The only cost would be your time and of course the electric bill and the equipment used to get online.

    While I am at it, your local library should have a trove of books available to teach you the above subjects and even more. Get book-smart. Stop demanding stuff to be spoon-fed to you. Learning on your own may have its disadvantages but it’s not impossible. Find likeminded people to discuss and share what you have learned.

    Perhaps people should be taught to teach themselves. As you mentioned “they also have the right to earn their living and their mission is a blessed one.” To be able to teach is most definitely a blessed mission. Why not give people the ability to teach themselves? I personally believe school mostly focuses on developing a person’s brain to think in new abstract ways while learning rout information.

    Why not give people the ability to teach themselves?

  2. I am very passionate teacher of foreign languages.
    Several times I offered free lessons and it didn’t work. Nobody took it seriously. Then I charged my lessons and everything worked fine. Generally whole education should be free, I have experienced this during the communism time in my country (Yugoslavia). We had all education for free, and it was the best thing Tito has ever done for the country. Happy time is over:)) now money rules. However, I can hardly wait for global changing (or revolution) for better future having education for free


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