On More Tough memes: grading students for “character”
I don't see why you'd need a separate grade for "grit," self-control, and motivation, as those are the characteristic that are already on view when a child shows up at school with their homework done and ready to work all day. Of course, it's hard to draw the line between where the kid's grit ends and mom and dad's grit begins.
Basically, these new insights about "grit" just mean giving the same kids two sets of bad grades for the same problems. For good or ill, it is certainly not the case that current academic grading is just evaluating raw intelligence--it's much more evaluating compliance, diligence and the ability to deal with frustration and boredom.
Actually, now that I think of it, Brooks has it backwards. Maybe we need to introduce some grades just for raw intelligence.