I was invited by the New York Times to write a 300-word article on the subject of testing joy and grit. I wrote this. The headline says, “Teach Resilience, Don’t Test It,” but that was not the point of my comment. I maintained that teachers have always taught the traits we now call “grit,” but it is not a “separate subject.” It is taught and learned at home and in school.


I wrote that the idea of testing grit was silly, nutty, mad.


I assumed the Times would have a hard time finding anyone to defend the prospect of testing joy and grit. I was wrong. They did. It was a debate, after all.