The subject of very young children "taking risks" in school came up the other day, in a comments thread, I think.
Here's where it comes from.* Whole language. Children being taught to read in a whole language classroom are risk-takers.
I think we can take it on faith no one teaching children to read using a field-tested synthetic phonics program would conceive of his or her students as risk-takers.
There's a reason for that.
* NCTE links to this group.