What Should Culturally Relevant Teaching Look Like Today? Gloria Ladson-Billings Explains

Summary: This article is an interview with Gloria Ladson-Billings who is a professor-emerita of urban education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her work into understanding what effective teaching of Black students should look like spans over three decades of study. In the interview, she responds to questions about culturally responsive teaching and how it has been wrongly connected with concepts such as critical race theory.

Source: Madeline Will, Education Week, April 20, 2022

Description: “The attack on anything that allows more participation and moves us toward equity is going full force. I don’t know that there’s anything that will persuade someone who is convinced that somehow they’re not getting a fair shake. That giving someone else an opportunity diminishes them. I mean, that’s the mindset. If you do this with these kids, then you’re not giving my kids [the same opportunity], or you’re indoctrinating my kids. Those sentiments really reflect the larger public debate, and what’s starting to happen is, no matter what the issue is, we have people who decided they’re going to take the opposite side. … It’s hard to have an actual deliberative debate if people don’t even know what they’re talking about.”

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