Ladson-Billing speaks with WORT-FM’s ‘The 8 O’Clock Buzz’ about critical race theory, how it’s misrepresented

UW–Madison’s Gloria Ladson-Billings was featured recently on WORT-FM’s “The 8 O’Clock Buzz” morning show to discuss her perspective on critical race theory, and how it’s often misrepresented.

Gloria Ladson-Billings

Ladson-Billings is a professor emerita in the School of Education’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction and is president of the National Academy of Education.

The WORT-FM webpage previewing Ladson-Billings’ appearance explains how critical race theory “is a decades old idea that race is a social construct and that racism is systemic, not just a collection of individual prejudices.”

“The theories, in the case of critical race theory, are related to answering one main question: How do we explain racial disparity? That’s what its purpose is, to understand and explain racial disparities.” said Ladson-Billings during her conversation with Morning Buzz host Jonathan Zarov.

Ladson-Billings’ research examines the pedagogical practices of teachers who are successful with African American students. She also investigates critical race theory applications to education and is the author of the critically acclaimed books, “The Dreamkeepers: Successful Teachers of African American Children” and “Crossing Over to Canaan: The Journey of New Teachers in Diverse Classrooms.”

To learn more about this nuanced topic, listen to the full interview with Ladson-Billings at