Critical race theory.

You've no doubt been hearing a lot about it. It's in our headlines. It's grist for the ceaseless mill of cable news outrage. It's a topic of debate in our school districts.

Is it a valid curriculum? A worthy avenue for scholastic endeavor?

Or is it an ideology? Political doctrine dressed up as academics?

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Perhaps it's a bit of both? And, most importantly, can any of us see through the rhetorical miasmas around it to understand what it really is?

Dr. Dan Conn, a professor teacher education at Minot State University, joins this episode of Plain Talk Live to talk about it.

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