Hi Ms. Jameelah Ingram,
I think maybe what some of us are missing are those moments of exploration without criticism. When we are in kindergarten we don't really think much about what good or bad ideas are and there is an innocence to that level of exploration that a lot of us are missing as adults. When we are in K-12 it's the same throughout the education system, it's a place where creativity, innovation, and valuable discussions are celebrated but when we move on into the workforce some of that gets lost. I found that I went from a platform that celebrated those qualities to something that was more rigid and limiting. If there's anything I would want is to work at a place that maintains the mindset that learning is continuous, learning is celebrated, and it doesn't stop in the workplace. We went from a platform that enhances and encourages performance and great qualities to a platform that is forcing people to crank out extraordinary results, maybe even sometimes on an artificial level.
Best,Oanh Le, EIT A.M. ASCE