Education and American Ideals

America’s founding ideals, and the way we teach the history that undergirds them, are being scrutinized today more than ever before. Forming rising generations into responsible citizens who properly understand their rights and duties is an essential task for securing the future of our republic.  

EPPC’s Education and American Ideals Project brings together the work of several of our scholars to provide intellectually rigorous and practically effective conservative leadership on the pressing issues we face. These scholars advance our mission to build and sustain a society where families and faith communities flourish and where the traditional American way of life thrives.  

EPPC Senior Fellow Stanley Kurtz is at the front of the national pushback against indoctrination in K–12 schools and on college campuses. He has established himself as the nation’s foremost critic of politicized “action civics” and is among the most influential opponents of Critical Race Theory. Stanley’s work on education is followed widely by the general public, especially through his contributions to National Review Online, as well as by legislators and policymakers across the country who seek out his expert guidance on keeping public policy and public schools free of “woke” trends. Stanley has been consulted on his model legislation on CRT, action civics and other topics by legislators, governors, or state attorneys general in Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, as well as by policy experts and influencers in many other states, and he has testified on education issues before Congress and many state legislatures.

EPPC Senior Fellow Henry Olsen, author of the pathbreaking 2017 book The Working Class Republican: Ronald Reagan and the Return of Blue-Collar Conservatism, writes daily columns in the Washington Post advancing a sound vision for the conservative movement grounded in America’s working class. Henry’s insights are followed and respected by leading contenders for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination, and he is regularly consulted by congressional offices in DC. As a result, Henry’s ideas are helping to shape the debate within conservatism and the future of the Republican Party.  

EPPC Henry Grunwald Senior Fellow Lance Morrow, a frequent contributor to the Wall Street Journal and City Journal, draws on his rich career to write probing pieces on journalism, politics, and American culture. A longtime, award-winning essayist with TIME magazine, his work focuses on the moral and ethical dimensions of public events, including freedom of speech, freedom of thought, and political correctness on American campuses, with a view to the future consequences of such suppressions.

Program Publications

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AP Teacher’s Guide Proves DeSantis Right in African-American Studies Clash

Stanley Kurtz

DeSantis was right to block this course. Indoctrination in socialism and CRT have no place in Florida schools.


National Review / February 6, 2023

College Board Capitulates on African-American Studies . . . Maybe

Stanley Kurtz

This is going to end up as an historic victory for those pushing back against woke.


National Review Online / February 1, 2023

DeSantis: AP African-American Studies Program, as Written, Violates Florida Law

Stanley Kurtz

Yet again, DeSantis is setting the mark for other states.


National Review / February 1, 2023

How Ron DeSantis can secure his lead among GOP presidential contenders

Henry Olsen

DeSantis should use Florida’s legislative session to burnish his already formidable national identity.


The Washington Post / January 31, 2023

3 deficit-reduction ideas that Democrats might be able to support

Henry Olsen

The key is knowing what they can actually get, and then skillfully negotiating to obtain it.


The Washington Post / January 30, 2023

San Francisco shows how not to pursue slavery reparations

Henry Olsen

Change cannot come in a democratic society without the majority’s approval.


The Washington Post / January 26, 2023

Jacinda Ardern is right to leave office — before voters force her out

Henry Olsen

Ardern’s fans will likely always remember her tenure as a Kiwi version of President John F. Kennedy’s Camelot.


The Washington Post / January 20, 2023

Program Appearances

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AUDIO: Stanley Kurtz on the College Board Battle

The Mark Levin Show / January 25, 2023

AUDIO: Stanley Kurtz Responds to Kamala Harris’ Claims Against Florida and DeSantis

The Seth Leibsohn Show / January 24, 2023

VIDEO: Henry Olsen on the Five Factions of the GOP

The Kevin Roberts Show / January 4, 2023

Stanley Kurtz in The College Fix on Student Workloads

The College Fix / December 7, 2022

VIDEO: Henry Olsen on the Future for Primaries

American Enterprise Institute / November 29, 2022

AUDIO: Stanley Kurtz on College Board Controversy

The Seth Leibsohm Show / September 13, 2022

AUDIO: Stanley Kurtz on Arizona’s Postsecondary Education Challenges

The Seth Leibsohm / August 23, 2022