Bellyflops and knowledge: “risk-taking”

In my last post, I was connecting wipe-outs (even if not of Olympic proportions) with the whole process of gaining know-how, and with much of its energy.  I’ve been mulling further….  Isn’t it valuable in a TOK class to encourage students to take their own bellyflops more lightly in terms of failure and more seriously in terms of learning?  The IB learner profile presents being a “risk-taker” as a goal.  But what does this mean in an educational context, and ...