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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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

Why States Should Bar CRT

Stanley Kurtz

EPPC Senior Fellow Stanley Kurtz submitted testimony to the Ohio State Legislature last week regarding a bill that would bar core concepts of critical race theory, and core practices of protest civics, from K-12 education in Ohio. This testimony makes the case for such legislation in general, and for bills inspired by the model Partisanship Out of Civics Act in particular.

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National Review Online / June 30, 2021

How Dems Will Push Protest Civics and CRT on Schools

Stanley Kurtz

The national rebellion against Critical Race Theory, leftist indoctrination, and enforced political activism in our schools grows larger every day. Sadly, the current assault on K-12 is but a foretaste of what is to come. President Biden and congressional Democrats are pulling out the stops to force Critical Race Theory (CRT) and “action civics” (better called “protest civics,” because it trains students to be leftist protesters) onto every school in the country.

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National Review Online / June 2, 2021

New Tool for States to Block Action Civics and CRT

Stanley Kurtz

The South Dakota letter of intent warning state bureaucrats to avoid federal grants in history and civics is a model for other states seeking to push back against leftist action civics and Critical Race Theory in the classroom.

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National Review Online / May 20, 2021

Noem Pledges to Bar Action Civics and Critical Race Theory

Stanley Kurtz

South Dakota governor Kristi Noem has given major momentum to a new candidate pledge that not only vows support for honest and informed patriotic education, but promises to bar “action civics” and critical race theory from our schools.

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National Review Online / May 10, 2021

Knocks on Texas Civics Bill Ring Hollow

Stanley Kurtz

Critics of a Texas bill that blocks “action civics” and Critical Race Theory are off the mark.

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National Review Online / May 5, 2021

Cornyn Is Mistaken on Civics Bill

Stanley Kurtz

The Civics Secures Democracy Act creates a second Common Core, this time built around radical Critical Race Theory, and civics as leftist political protest.

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National Review Online / May 4, 2021

NAS Alliance Appeals to Cornyn to Abandon Bogus Civics Bill

Stanley Kurtz

The Civics Secures Democracy Act is a dagger pointed at the heart of American education. The good news is that Senator John Cornyn and Representative Tom Cole might very well bring the Civics Secures Democracy Act down just by abandoning their co-sponsorship.

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National Review Online / May 4, 2021

How to Keep CRT and Action Civics Out of K-12

Stanley Kurtz

Now that pushing Critical Race Theory, along with (invariably leftist) protesting, onto school children is President Biden’s program, the only way to stop it is for states to protect themselves by passing laws that keep both action civics and Critical Race Theory out of K-12.

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National Review Online / April 29, 2021

Biden Set to Push Critical Race Theory on U.S. Schools

Stanley Kurtz

In an early but revelatory move, President Biden’s Department of Education has signaled its intent to impose the most radical forms of Critical Race Theory on America’s schools, very much including the 1619 Project and the so-called anti-racism of Ibram X. Kendi.

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National Review Online / April 19, 2021