On Sunday morning, Dana Bash quizzed Sears - the first woman to become Lt. Governor and first woman of color elected to a statewide office in Virginia - on CNN's State of the Union.
At one point during the interview, Bash said that CRT was not being learned in schools, at which point Sears hindered her, saying: "No, no, no, it is part of the curriculum."
Sears, who previously served on Virginia's Board of Education, added: "It's weaved in and out of the curriculum. In 2015, former Governor, who was just defeated, McAuliffe, his state board of education had information on how to teach it, so it's weaved in. So you know, it's semantics, but it's weaved in."
"What we want to say and what Gov.-elect Youngkin has said is that all of history must be taught, the good, the bad, and the ugly," Sears continued. Especially, she said, because many "don't learn from history and continue to repeat the same mistakes."
"My God, when did education become a bad word among Black people?" Sears later asked. "No, we are going to have a good education system. It's going to represent all people. And I'm going to help see that through. Education lifted my father out of poverty when he came to America with only $1.75. Education lifted me because I have to find my own way in this world, and education will lift all of us."
Critical Race Theory was a critical issue in the recent Governor's race between Glenn Youngkin and Democrat Terry McAuliffe, with parents tired with the state's woke school boards who don't want their children to be taught that they're bad or good depending on their race.
The use of critical race theory, or CRT, in education has been condemned for its message that the U.S. is based on racism, with skin color defining the social, economic, and political disparities between each.
Supporters say its teaching is important to stress how deeply racism penetrates society. Opponents say it is divisive and draws everyone as a victim or oppressor, with multiple Virginia school board meetings making headlines after parents were filmed clashing with teachers over the choice to teach it.
Republican newcomer and now elected Governor Glenn Youngkin promised to halt CRT, taking on the uneasiness of parents who had become upset after the Loudon County school board announced a $6million "equity-training" program that parents affiliated with CRT.
Meanwhile, Democratic contender Terry McAuliffe, whose Sears accused of having information on how to teach CRT, told parents not to determine what schools teach their children.