Connecting The Dots, By Thomas Friedman Essay

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Connecting the Dots
When I was little, the very first part of my activity book I would complete was every connect-the-dots picture. According to Thomas Friedman, in his book, The World is Flat, “connecting the dots” in education is one of the primary ways we can help our country compete in the new age of globalization. Many students in the Yakima Valley have long faced the daunting choice of either attending a vocational/tech school or going to community college. However, in our flattening world, we can no longer settle for an either/or, and students now need a combination of both. Students need a variety in their education in order to “learn how to learn”, but they also need hands on training if we want to move toward closing the “funding gap” and inspire ambition. To achieve this, schools, such as Yakima Valley Community College, could team with local businesses to provide internships that would be equivalent to college credits. In exchange for an intern, the business could sponsor students and cover the cost of classes. This would provide the student a free or reduced college level education that could offer a variety of classes as well as hands on experience, while stimulating the community and local economy.
Stimulating the community is important, but Thomas Friedman suggests specifically stimulating the education system, “In the future, how we educate our children may prove to be more important than how much we educate them” (Friedman, 309). Friedman advocates a…

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