I had an interesting conversation recently with a friend who is a teacher. It started with her saying that the difference between us is that I am ambitious and she is not. My response was that it is impossible to be in education and without being ambitious - or rather it should be impossible. She had of course linked the concept of ambition exclusively to the practice of seeking a promoted post in a school - ambition as the desire for personal power and status rather than as the desire to make a difference. I know for a fact that she.