The Diane Silvers Ravitch ’60 Lecture
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.
Apr 14, 4 PM
Apr 9, 12:45 PMFaculty and Staff Workshop: Supporting our Undocumented, DACA, and TPS Students
A workshop for Wellesley faculty and staff with Dr. Lorgia Garcia Peña about how to best support undocumented, DACA, and TPS studentsis. National and regional resources will be shared.Event Date:Thursday, April 9, 2020 - 12:45pm
Apr 16, 4:30 PM
Apr 30, 4:30 PM, May 1, 12:30 PM*CANCELLED* What We Talk About When We Talk About Books
Professor Leah Price (Rutgers University) discusses her recent work, What We Talk About When We Talk About Books (2019), in which she demonstrates that the death of reading has been greatly exaggerated.Event Date:Thursday, April 30, 2020 - 4:30pmEvent Date:Friday, May 1, 2020 - 12:30pm