As a father of two, the quality of my children’s education both academically and socially is at the top of my priority list. As I sit waiting on a flight, and begin reading Emily King’s book “Field Tested” I am reminded of a conversation I had with my wife.
After exiting the military and leaving Camp Pendleton and the accompanying Oceanside, CA public school system, my son began school in a NYC Public Elementary School in The Bronx, NY. Needless to say, he immediately noticed a difference, and he was in the first grade. We expected a culture change, and perhaps methodology, but I have begun to notice something else is not just different, but missing.
The Marine Corps is full of A-type, competitive personalities that enjoy pushing each other to be better. Where one isn’t faulted for an inability, but if they aren’t in an active effort to be better. That culture… a culture of ambition is translated to the children of service members – especially the children of Marines 😉 However, sadly enough, I don’t see that same culture of ambition in my son’s (and now daughter’s) elementary school. A culture of ambition is exactly what drives individuals to perform beyond expectations – in any setting, school, work, recreation or otherwise.
Usually I like to propose a solution before ending an article, but as I sit, awaiting my flight – this is something I need to think about more. Where did the Culture of Ambition go? More importantly, how does one, a team, or an organization develop, maintain and nourish a Culture of Ambition?
Your thoughts are encouraged!