Improving The Flat World Essay

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As I read The World is Flat by Thomas Friedman I come to understand America needs to compete in this flat world in order to see a change. Friedman states, that America needs to build up a strong middle class educated properly because, "There will be plenty of good jobs out there in the flat world [but] for people with the right knowledge, skills, ideas and self-motivation to seize them" (278). President Johnson goes on to say, "We have the power to shape the
civilization that we want. But we need your will, your labor, your hearts, if we are to build that
kind of society" (Friedman, 374). The Yakima Valley has a niche in agriculture, but then I thought we now have a new niche in the Yakima Valley. Our new niche which will help what Friedman refers to as a flat world is the Pacific Northwest University of Health Science which opened in Yakima in 2008. Pacific Northwest University of Health Science is an osteopathic medical school. The Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences: College of Osteopathic Medicine will help the Yakima Valley improve the ability to survive in this flat world because Yakima produces workers that are great adapters, have strong collaborative skills, are specialized in their field, and are passionate personalizers.
Yakima produces great adapters. “Clinton the author of The Pro-Growth Progressive, states “ They have to prepare like someone who is training for the Olympics but doesn’t know what sport they are going to enter, They have to be ready to do anything.”(294).This would be people in the medical field because even though they have become specialized in a certain area they continue to learn. For example, every one in the medical field must have a certain amount of continued education in order to be licensed. According to the Washington State Department of Health, licensed physicians must complete two hundred hours of continuing education every four years. For example, as a nursing assistant at my job I have to complete and hour of monthly training on the computer by the 25th of the month. If training is not completed by the 25th employees are taken off the schedule until the training in completed.
Friedman argues that the key to thriving as an individual in the flat world is to become an untouchable, which he defines as someone whose jobs cannot be “outsourced, digitized, or automated.” Therefore having a medical school here in Yakima will help more people become better adapters that will help this flat world as Friedman states.
According to Friedman, the flat world can also be improved by creating more collaborators. As technology and society advances, jobs will advance, therefore requiring workers to advance too. The Untouchable by Thomas L. Friedman speaks about the world being flat, which is “the stunning rise of middle classes all over the world (pg. 323).” He explains how the American society is becoming global. This globalization that is occurring in today’s society is leading children in America to...

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