Megan McArdle has a book out.
Don't fail to learn her lesson - which she illustrates by telling the story of a 15-year-old girl afraid of taking a class that might harm her 4.0 GPA.
Now is when this kid should be learning to dream big dreams and dare greatly. Now is when she should be making mistakes and figuring out how to recover from them. Instead, we’re telling one of our best and brightest to focus all her talent on coloring within the lines. This is not the first time I’ve heard this from kids and teachers and parents. But I’ve never heard it phrased quite so starkly.