Profile of Yong Zhao

The Diane Silvers Ravitch ’60 Lecture

What Works May Hurt: Side Effects in Education by Yong Zhao, Professor of Education, University of Kansas
Nov 1, 7:30 PM
Tishman Commons
Free and open to the public

Proponents of standardized testing and privatization in education have sought to prove their effectiveness in improving education with an abundance of evidence. These efforts, however, can have dangerous side effects, causing long-lasting damage to children, teachers, and schools. Yong Zhao, Foundation Distinguished Professor in the School of Education at the University of Kansas, will argue that education interventions are like medical products: They can have serious, sometimes detrimental, side effects while also providing cures. Using standardized testing and privatization as examples, Zhao, author of the internationally bestselling Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Dragon? Why China Has the Best (and Worst) Education System in the World, will talk about his new book on why and how pursuing a narrow set of short-term outcomes causes irreparable harm in education.

Generously supported by the Diane Silvers Ravitch ’60 Lecture Fund.