Stanley Kurtz

Senior Fellow

Stanley Kurtz is a Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. Beyond his work with Education and American Ideals, Mr. Kurtz is a key contributor to American public debates 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 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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K–12 Student Walkouts: A Legislative Remedy

Stanley Kurtz

This law might not end all school walkouts, but it would surely make them less frequent and extensive.

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National Review Online / June 3, 2024

The Politics out of Schools Act

Stanley Kurtz

The Politics Out of Schools Act (POSA) discourages politically-motivated mass student walk-outs in K–12 public schools. The increasingly common practice…

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PDF / June 3, 2024

Stop Greenlighting High-School Walkouts

Stanley Kurtz

Excusing students from school for the sake of protest forces schools to favor some political causes over others.

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National Review Online / May 14, 2024

Youngkin’s English Test

Stanley Kurtz

Glenn Youngkin’s Virginia Department of Education ought to be working closely with Bauerlein, not taking direction from the usual ed-school suspects.

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National Review / April 23, 2024

Biden Hides Plans for Obama-Era Housing Regulation

Stanley Kurtz

Biden’s need to keep his planned revival of AFFH out of the public eye may explain his failure to nominate a replacement for recently retired secretary of Housing and Urban Development Marcia Fudge.

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National Review / April 15, 2024

Biden Second-Term Preview in Milton, Mass.

Stanley Kurtz

The Massachusetts zoning rebellion has all sorts of implications for the intra-conservative and intra-libertarian divides over state-level zoning initiatives.

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National Review / April 9, 2024

The Battle for Utah’s Universities Has Begun

Stanley Kurtz

Last Wednesday, a committee of the Utah state senate voted down a bill, S.B. 226, that would have restored classic liberal education.

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National Review / February 27, 2024

Can Utah Save America’s Universities?

Stanley Kurtz

The real problem with higher education is that trustees and legislators have ceded their control over the general-education curriculum to a faculty driven by political motives.

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National Review / February 12, 2024

Transformative Legislation for Higher Education

Stanley Kurtz

The General Education Act (GEA)’s method is not to forbid the teaching of certain ideas, it is, rather, to mandate mastery of essential knowledge.

National Review Online / November 16, 2023

General Education Act: Model Legislation

Stanley Kurtz

A properly supported School of General Education can remake our public universities into what they once were—the keystones of the American republic.

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PDF / November 12, 2023

Kaepernick Leads Team Marx against DeSantis, Gets Sacked

Stanley Kurtz

In partnership with two of the most influential Marxists in America, Colin Kaepernick has just published a book intended as a refutation of Governor Ron DeSantis’s January 2023 decision to reject the College Board’s pilot program in AP African-American studies (APAAS).

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National Review / July 11, 2023

Poetry Recitation Returns

Stanley Kurtz

With gloomy education news all around, it’s time to celebrate and defend a truly encouraging development.

National Review Online / April 24, 2023