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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Biden’s Infrastructure Bill Aims to End Single-Family Zoning

Stanley Kurtz

With the introduction of his massive, $2.3 trillion “infrastructure” bill, President Biden’s campaign to end suburban single-family zoning has begun.

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National Review Online / April 8, 2021

Rhode Island’s Ill-Advised Action-Civics Bill

Stanley Kurtz

The Rhode Island Civic Literacy Act is a partisan leftist’s dream. It essentially mandates out-of-school political activism and lobbying, the vast majority of which will be on behalf of leftist causes.

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National Review Online / April 5, 2021

Civics Showdown in Texas

Stanley Kurtz

Texas is target number one in the Left’s play to turn the red states blue with a radicalized version of “civics.”

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National Review Online / March 30, 2021

NAS Debuts Coalition to Stop Action Civics

Stanley Kurtz

At a moment when the public and legislators are eager to restore long-neglected civic education, radicals are attempting to smuggle partisan leftist activism into K-12 education under the misleading label of “civics.” The new NAS Civics Alliance aims to block these moves and restore genuine civic education instead.

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National Review Online / March 23, 2021

The Greatest Education Battle of Our Lifetimes

Stanley Kurtz

All around us, the culture war has broken the bounds of the university and spilled into our day-to-day lives. Democrats in Congress, in league with the Biden administration and the leftist Action Civics movement, are about to supercharge this culture war by injecting it into the heart of federal education policy.

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National Review Online / March 16, 2021

Dems Want $30 Million for Student Protests

Stanley Kurtz

Whether it’s called “action civics,” “civic engagement,” or “project-based civics,” the real goal of the new “civics” is to get students protesting and lobbying for leftist political goals on school time, and now on the federal dime.

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National Review Online / March 9, 2021

Democrats Plot Path to Dominance

Stanley Kurtz

Winning control of both houses of Congress and the White House had Democrats pondering ways to secure national dominance, whether that be by pushing to add Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico as states or abolishing the Electoral College. But one tactic hasn’t received nearly as much attention as it deserves: the manipulation of civics education.

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Washington Examiner / February 25, 2021

The Partisanship Out of Civics Act: A Proposal

Stanley Kurtz

Advocates are attempting to smuggle training in leftist activism into K-12 schooling under the guise of “civics.” The Partisanship Out of Civics Act is model state-level legislation designed to help states prevent the importation of political activism and lobbying into K-12 civic education.

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National Review Online / February 17, 2021

Reply to Louise Dube of iCivics

Stanley Kurtz

What “civics” has become in Illinois and Massachusetts — Critical Race Theory and progressive activism disguised as education — will mean irresolvable culture war in this country for the indefinite future.

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National Review Online / February 3, 2021

Leftist Bureaucrats and Foundations Are Displacing Republican Government

Stanley Kurtz

Typically, when we think about the out-of-control growth of the administrative state, we mean the federal bureaucracy. Well, the “Illinois Culturally Responsive Teaching and Leading Standards” are the product of an out-of-control state-level bureaucracy.

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National Review Online / January 28, 2021

“Action Civics” Replaces Citizenship with Partisanship

Stanley Kurtz

State lawmakers must protect education from activism.

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The American Mind / January 26, 2021

Ultra-Woke Illinois Mandates Are Top Threat to U.S. Education

Stanley Kurtz

Illinois is about to mandate that every one of its licensed teachers adopt progressive political orthodoxy and impart that ideology to students.

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National Review Online / January 20, 2021