E-books & Essays

Welcome to the overview page of the e-books I have published so far.

Underneath you see the image of my first e-book ‘Invisible Limitations’. Click on the image or follow the link in the description to get to the page where you can download the e-book.

Invisible Limitations (e-book)

Have you ever wondered why we have to act within laws we never chose for ourselves? Why are we for example forced to go to school? Why do we have to work? And what price do we pay for social acceptance?

We live our lives in frameworks we are not always aware of. Yet, freedom is of vital importance to anticipate our ever changing life goals.

My first e-book ‘Invisible Limitations’ discusses the frameworks of our freedom in every day life.

The e-book gives a deeper understanding of the limitations of our freedom, what justifies them, and not unimportant: how to deal with them.

Click on this link for more information, and to download the e-book.

The Dutch educational system (essay)

In the Essay ‘Why the Dutch educational system is outdated, and how it could be improved’, I am taking a closer look at the current trends of the Dutch educational system.

The reason why the Dutch case is so interesting in particular, is because of the fact that financial support for students (the student grant) was abolished quite recently (in 2015).

The current discussion in the Netherlands, is whether or not the student grant should return.

Click on this link to get to the essay, where I describe my personal view on the matter and propose possibilities for an alternative educational system.

Education in the welfare state (essay)

The financial organization of the educational system, differs strongly between countries.

A classical explanation for these differences, is the amount of budget available to fund the educational system. Some countries are rich, while others are not, which creates an unequal playground for improving the quality of education.

But even though budget might be available, the way in which it is distributed over the educational system may be very diverse.

Europe is particularly interesting to investigate these differences, since different types of welfare states are present which are linked to the financial organization of their respective educational systems.

In the United Kingdom for example, high tuition fees are present and students often take loans to fund their educational training. In Scandinavia, tuition fees are absent and students can (partially) rely on student grants. In other parts of Europe, elements of both systems are integrated.

Click on this link to get to the essay, where I describe the differences, where they originate from and how they influence the educational system.