A lot of people have been passing around a screenshot of the headline to this New York Times opinion piece from April Fools’ Day, no less. It blows away a few things we were told were advancements, such as a concerted outreach to involve girls in STEM careers. And what was the point of coming out with that line of Barbie dolls with lab coats or pilot uniforms?

Organizational psychologist Adam Grant argues that the question “forces kids to define themselves in terms of work” rather than the kind of person they’d like to become. Is it OK, though, to ask your 19-year-old college sophomore what she’d like to be when she grows up?


There’s a big future in that — it’s a growth industry.