- 167 pages : 23 cm
- "Summary: Yong Zhao shines a light on the long-ignored phenomenon of side effects of education policies and practices, bringing a fresh and perhaps surprising perspective to evidence-based practices and policies. Identifying the adverse effects of some of the "best" educational interventions with examples from classrooms to boardrooms, the author investigates causes and offers clear recommendations" --Contents note: When risks outweigh benefits: The faulty diagnosis, prescription, and harmful side effects of NCLB -- The prescription -- The effects and effectiveness of NCLB -- Side effects of NCLB -- Summary -- Lesson from medical research for education: Why RCT couldn't cure reading first -- The case of reading first -- Side effects: the missed lesson from medicine -- Moving beyond RCT: a summary -- Unproductive successes and productive failures: And classroom side effects -- The grievance of direct instruction -- Effectiveness versus effects of direct instruction -- Effects and side effects of direct instruction -- Summary -- At what cost side effects: The cage that comes with the Asian education tiger -- The surprising admiration of East Asian education -- Evidence of effectiveness -- The Asian treatment and its side effects -- Asian treatment at work: effects and side effects -- Summary -- Beware the rabbit hole of visible learning: -- Invisible side effects lurk ahead -- Many educational outcomes -- An ecological metaphor -- Outcomes versus outcomes: Side effects of pursuing academic achievement -- Homogenizing versus diversifying -- Talent suppression -- Short-term versus long-term -- Cognitive versus noncognitive -- Summary -- From when is it effective to who gets hurt: When vouchers don't work -- Aptitude-treatment interaction -- Lessons from ATI research -- From effects to side effects -- Who gets hurt: the case of school vouchers -- Summary -- The futile quest for panacea -- Wars, pendulum swings, and snake oil in education -- Cyclical warfare and pendulum swings in education -- The elusive middle ground -- The quest for panacea -- Neglecting side effects -- Raging wars and new panacea: a summary -- Studying side effects now: a call to action -- Why studying side effects? -- Why haven't we? -- A call to action -- Side effects of studying side effects: conclusion.Includes bibliographical references (pages 133-155) and index.