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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Pompeo Impressive on Civics Bill

Stanley Kurtz

Pompeo’s CSDA takedown shows impressive command of the issue.

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National Review / July 13, 2022

PolitiFact’s Failed Attack on DeSantis over Civics Education

Stanley Kurtz

DeSantis isn’t talking about formal curricular coercion via federal law or executive order. He’s talking about what amounts to a massive federal bribe via grants that incentivize CRT.

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National Review / July 11, 2022

DeSantis Blasts Fake Civics Bill

Stanley Kurtz

Public opposition from so prominent a Republican office-holder as Ron DeSantis may break the logjam and shift momentum against this dangerous bill.

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National Review / July 7, 2022

Bogus ‘Civics’ Bill Will Push CRT on States

Stanley Kurtz

Unless America’s parents wake up and make themselves heard now, there is a very real chance that CRT could be the new Common Core by summer.

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National Review Online / June 21, 2022

Ron DeSantis Can Save America’s Universities

Stanley Kurtz

Up to now, it’s been impossible to craft a program of higher-ed reform that weakens the intellectual monopoly currently controlling our universities, without also undermining the principles of intellectual freedom that make the university a worthy institution to begin with.

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National Review / June 14, 2022

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