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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The Dumbest Generation Grows Up Is One Smart Book

Stanley Kurtz

In his new book, Mark Bauerlein explains the left-utopianism of young Americans more by what they are not learning than by what they’re actually taught.

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National Review Online / May 20, 2022

How to Discipline the Yale Law School Shout-Down

Stanley Kurtz

Substantial evidence indicates that this was a genuine shout-down, that Yale’s rules were violated, and that the students involved merit discipline.

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National Review Online / March 24, 2022

How to Discipline the Yale Law School Shout-Down

Stanley Kurtz

Yale Law School’s rules of discipline offer an unusual opportunity for students of principle and pluck to turn the tide against cancel culture.

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National Review Online / March 23, 2022

Bill to Federalize CRT Must Be Stopped

Stanley Kurtz

It looks like a federal CRT bill is around the corner.

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National Review Online / March 8, 2022

The Battle for the Soul of the Library

Stanley Kurtz

Librarians who allow their personal politics to control or curtail the provision of information violate neutrality and betray the public trust. A woke librarian is a contradiction in terms.

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The New York Times / February 24, 2022

Indiana Senate GOP Folds on CRT and Parents

Stanley Kurtz

Weak Republicans in the Indiana Senate have effectively killed a strong CRT bill that easily passed the House and was cruising to final passage.

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National Review Online / February 22, 2022

How to End Political Litmus Tests in Education

Stanley Kurtz

Nevertheless, diversity statements can be stopped. The wave of resistance to woke ideology coursing across the states can turn this troubling trend around.

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National Review Online / February 10, 2022

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