Ladson-Billings discusses challenges of going ‘back to school’ during a pandemic

Madison Magazine utilized the expertise of UW–Madison’s Gloria Ladson-Billings in an article looking at the challenges that schools, teachers, and parents are facing this year as they navigate paths back to school during a pandemic.

Gloria Ladson-Billings

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

Ladson-Billings validated that this has been a one of the most challenging times in education, but she also noted, “it’s not the first time we’ve experienced incredible challenges.”

“I’m a child of the 1960s,” Ladson-Billings said. “I attended school at a time when they were talking about school desegregation. There was violence in the community as people tried to desegregate those schools and public accommodations.”

But Ladson-Billings recognized that current obstacles presented in education are “probably the most wide-reaching in terms of who’s involved and who’s affected.”

Ladson-Billings’ National Academy of Education colleagues are trying to synthesize as much information as possible about post-COVID-19 learning, the article explained, and she noted one clear takeaway: “Not one thing is going to work for every district or every school. … (You have to) look at the demographics of your school.  …  (Needs) shift based on the schools and where they’re located.”

For a variety of perspectives on this important issue, check out the full article on the website, here.