Forbes Magazine has just declared programs like NEXT Education will be the big winners in the national education shake-up!
At NEXT Education, we say … It’s about time that parents got the flexibility in education that they want and need to bring American education back to a quality level that is truly creating big-hearted citizens for our country!
“What all these educational disruptors have in common is that they are ready to scale. But their market is chained by its obligation to pay for public schools via property taxes. Parents have to pay twice if they want to send their children to independent schools. The scholarship money would make the investment in private school economically feasible, especially when more private options are available.”
“To invest is to allocate money (or sometimes another resource, such as time) in the expectation of some benefit in the future.”
— Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Investment)
To be honest, I don’t normally quote Wikipedia. I would have preferred to quote a reputable dictionary or other reputable source. However, this time Wikipedia got my vote because they put the key idea into a clear and concise format. They made it easy to understand what an investment really is!
Let’s see that again… To invest is to:
or allocate time
in the expectation
of some benefit
in the future.
Education is probably the most significant investment you can ever make. Educating a person means releasing their God-given destiny so that they go on to have a significant impact on the world around them … in addition to living a more satisfying life on a personal basis. I cannot think of a more important benefit that I could ever expect in the future, than this!
Sometimes to get the education our children need we have to go out of our way. Perhaps it is worth asking ourselves what we will wish he had done, after all is said and done.
Let’s consider whether these items are expense or investment:
Flowers. You are buying cut flowers to put on your table each week. If you stop doing that, your table will be less beautiful. However, if you keep doing that, are you going to receive a future value that is greater than the price of the cut flowers? Probably not, unless you are doing it for a person in your life who really loves cut flowers THAT much.
New car. You are driving around your new wheels, but at the end of the life of your car it’s only worth the price of new parts. Investment? I don’t think so. On the other hand, for the junkyard that buys your old car for $500 and then sells parts from it for $5,000 … your old car was a very good investment.
New non-fiction book. If you actually take time to read that book and use the information, it could be that this is an investment. You may very well gain a future opportunity or financial reward from knowing more information. If it sits on your shelf and collects dust, it’s just a plain old expense.
Education is probably the most reliable reward out there. Your money invested in a young mind is guaranteed to bring benefits: wiser decisions, better friends, and (likely) a higher salary.
This video is from a man who grew up on the rough side of town and now does seminars about the value of an education. He has a foundation set up for the purpose of talking to kids about valuing education.
As parents, we know some things that kids don’t. But we still may forget the TRUE value of education. It is an investment!!