ERIC Number: EJ783705
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Aug
Reference Count: 25
The Fallacies of Flatness: Thomas Friedman's "The World Is Flat"
Abowitz, Kathleen Knight; Roberts, Jay
Journal of Philosophy of Education, v41 n3 p471-481 Aug 2007
Thomas Friedman's best-selling "The World is Flat" has exerted much influence in the west by providing both an accessible analysis of globalization and its economic and social effects, and a powerful cultural metaphor for globalization. In this review, we more closely examine Friedman's notion of the social contract, the moral center of his hopeful vision of a globalized world. While Friedman's social contract holds a more generous view of social and state obligation than his neoliberal economic analysis might otherwise allow, his fallacious assumptions about education rest on poorly argued claims about the nature of human beings, the proper aims of schooling, and meanings of justice in a globalized world.
Descriptors: Economics, Educational Philosophy, Educational Objectives, Figurative Language, Global Approach, Social Responsibility
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