Stanley Kurtz

Senior Fellow

Stanley Kurtz is a Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. On a wide range of issues, from K-12 and higher education reform, to the challenges of democratization abroad, to urban-suburban policies, to the shaping of the American left’s agenda, Mr. Kurtz is a key contributor to American public debates. Mr. Kurtz has written on these and other issues for various journals, particularly National Review Online (where he is a contributing editor).

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Stanley Kurtz is a Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. On a wide range of issues, from K-12 and higher education reform, to the challenges of democratization abroad, to urban-suburban policies, to the shaping of the American left’s agenda, Mr. Kurtz is a key contributor to American public debates. Mr. Kurtz has written on these and other issues for various journals, particularly National Review Online (where he is a contributing editor).

Mr. Kurtz has published two influential books on President Obama’s political history and policy agenda: Radical-in-Chief: Barack Obama and the Untold Story of American Socialism (Threshold) and Spreading the Wealth: How Obama is Robbing the Suburbs to Pay for the Cities (Sentinel). He has also led the campaign to reform federal subsidies to academic programs of “area studies” under Title VI of the Higher Education Act, and has co-authored model campus free speech legislation adopted by several states.

Mr. Kurtz’s latest book, The Lost History of Western Civilization (National Association of Scholars), offers both a critique of deconstructionist history and a new way of looking at America’s cultural conflicts. (A free pdf of the book can be downloaded here.)

Mr. Kurtz received his undergraduate degree from Haverford College and his Ph.D. in social anthropology from Harvard University. He later taught at Harvard, winning several teaching awards for his work in a Great Books Program. He was also Dewey Prize Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Chicago.

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Will Teacher Transparency Sink the Democrats?

Stanley Kurtz

Curriculum-transparency laws are essential, not only for enforcing state laws on CRT, action civics, and other specific topics, but for allowing any meaningful parental say over the content of education.

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National Review Online / January 12, 2022

Against ‘World History’

Stanley Kurtz

Behind the new history curricula lies the desire to replace pride in our Western and American heritage with a commitment to global citizenship.

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National Review / December 22, 2021

Don’t Ban Woke School-Library Books, Balance Them

Stanley Kurtz

Woke elites are only too eager to paint parents pushing back at woke excess in our schools as intolerant book-burners. Why not turn the tables by reviewing school libraries for leftist advocacy books, then balancing them with a more conservative point of view?

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National Review Online / December 14, 2021

Parents Can Save Western Civilization

Stanley Kurtz

The parents of Loudoun County, Va., stand at the forefront of a movement with the power to reverse the decline of our constitutional republic, our traditions of liberty, our faith in ourselves, and ultimately, Western civilization itself. It is no accident that the weight of this struggle has fallen upon the shoulders of parents.

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National Review Online / November 4, 2021

Noem Puts SD Standards on a Dangerous Path

Stanley Kurtz

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem holds herself out as a tough-minded conservative reformer willing and able to stand up to America’s cultural elites. Unfortunately, when it comes to actually governing, the go-along-to-get-along GOP establishment continues to have Noem’s ear.

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National Review Online / October 28, 2021

Historians Misquote and Misrepresent Texas Civics Law

Stanley Kurtz

Leading historians are mischaracterizing a Texas law that seeks to prevent critical race theory–based indoctrination.

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National Review Online / October 23, 2021

Zoning Emerging as a Political Issue

Stanley Kurtz

Control over zoning is a core function of local government, which means that federal and state efforts to choke off local control are direct assaults on our federalist system.

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National Review Online / October 11, 2021

Will the Great Awokening Kill Catholic Liberal Education?

Stanley Kurtz

The University of Dallas is now a test case for the ability of faithfully Catholic liberal-arts education to withstand the assaults of the woke.

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National Review Online / October 4, 2021

Noem Must Fix South Dakota Standards Fiasco

Stanley Kurtz

Hard-left activists have taken over the writing of K-12 history and civics standards in ruby-red South Dakota. Governor Kristi Noem’s administration has belatedly attempted to set things right, but the troubled standards are nowhere near fixed.

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National Review Online / September 21, 2021

Abolishing America: Biden and Bettina Love

Stanley Kurtz

If you care about the battle over critical race theory (CRT) in the schools, you need to know about Bettina Love.

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National Review Online / July 31, 2021

Stopping K-12 Indoctrination Is Right

Stanley Kurtz

Audience Raiding Hands

The overall effort to prevent Critical Race Theory indoctrination is both necessary and justified. It is CRT that is un-American, not efforts to prevent the imposition of this pernicious orthodoxy on schoolchildren.

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National Review Online / July 7, 2021

DeSantis Vetoes Stealth Protest-Civics Bill

Stanley Kurtz

With his veto of S.B. 146, Ron DeSantis has shown that he can do the heavy lifting required for the education battles ahead. This impressive move confirms DeSantis as one of the foremost leaders in the national push-back against the politicization of America’s schools.

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National Review Online / July 1, 2021