In Defense of a Liberal Education by Fareed Zakaria

By Fareed Zakaria

CNN host and best-selling writer Fareed Zakaria argues for a renewed dedication to the world's most dear academic tradition.

The liberal arts are lower than assault. The governors of Florida, Texas, and North Carolina have all pledged that they are going to now not spend taxpayer funds subsidizing the liberal arts, and so they appear to have an not going best friend in President Obama. whereas at a basic electrical plant in early 2014, Obama remarked, "I promise you, parents could make much more, possibly, with expert production or the trades than they could with an artwork historical past degree." those messages are hitting domestic: majors like English and background, as soon as highly regarded and hugely revered, are in steep decline.

"I get it," writes Fareed Zakaria, recalling the ambience in India the place he grew up, which was once much more passionate about getting a skills-based schooling. even though, the CNN host and best-selling writer explains why this largely held view is incorrect and shortsighted.

Zakaria eloquently expounds at the virtues of a liberal arts education—how to put in writing in actual fact, tips on how to exhibit your self convincingly, and the way to imagine analytically. He turns our leaders' vocational argument on its head. American regimen production jobs proceed to get computerized or outsourced, and particular vocational wisdom is usually superseded inside many years. Engineering is a brilliant career, yet key value-added talents additionally, you will desire are creativity, lateral considering, layout, verbal exchange, storytelling, and, greater than something, the facility to continually study and luxuriate in learning—precisely the presents of a liberal education.

Zakaria argues that know-how is reworking schooling, starting up entry to the easiest classes and sessions in an enormous number of topics for hundreds of thousands all over the world. we're on the sunrise of the best enlargement of the assumption of a liberal schooling in human heritage.

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Conclusion: four themes At the dawn of the twenty-first century workers around the world face immense challenges, struggling to live decent lives. As corporate power concentrates, states transform and transnational economic activity intensifies workers are confronted 24 Jeffrey Harrod and Robert O’Brien by ever increasing competition. This collection has highlighted the position of organized labour as it faces these challenges. In this brief conclusion we highlight four themes emerging from the book and some of the questions they pose for future research needed before moving forward.

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Moving beyond the two IRs, it would also be helpful to integrate this emerging body of work on unions with work on the unprotected worker and other social forces. Various contributors to this volume have raised the issue of the relationship between unions and other civil society groups, but they have not been systematically explored here. For example, Lambert’s preferred option for union strategy in the south is global social movement unionism. Drawing on the experience of SIGTUR, he argues that a broad-based union movement rooted in local community action and engaged transnationally is the most effective response to neoliberal globalization.

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