Good counterpoint at New Republic to those advocating more formal "character education."
There are three major problems with the new character education. The first is that we do not know how to teach character. The second is that character-based education is untethered from any conception of morality. And lastly, this mode of education drastically constricts the overall purpose of education.
"Grit" may be important, but there's still a lot of work to be done researching how (and if) these traits can be taught.