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Douglas D. Dewey

Vice President of the Children’s Scholarship Fund in New York City, co-founder of the Washington Scholarship Fund. Both funds help low-income elementary and secondary school children pursue their education. Dewey worked in the Office of Policy and Planning at the U.S. Department of Education during the Bush administration on initiatives such as national standards, school choice, and community involvement in education reform.


Government schooling reduces parents to the role of assistants who ensure the completion of homework, help with occasional projects, and get the kids to soccer practice on time. Government schooling is the very linchpin of the welfare state...

Nov. 01, 1996 - from his essay "An Echo, Not a Choice", published in Policy Review No. 80
The takeover of education by the states in the mid-19th century and the resulting abdication of authority by the family set in motion a crippling concatenation of usurpation and surrender that continues to this day.

Nov. 01, 1996 - from his essay "An Echo, Not a Choice", published in Policy Review No. 80
There was a time when Americans knew the difference between rights and entitlements. A right used to be understood as a claim in justice, our concept of which flowed from tradition and natural law.

Nov. 01, 1996 - from his essay "An Echo, Not a Choice", published in Policy Review No. 80
In every other area of welfare reform, from health care to food stamps to housing to social security, the essential question is finally being asked: Is this the proper role of government? Not so with education. Until we acknowledge that government schooling is welfare, real education reform is impossible.

Nov. 01, 1996 - from his essay "An Echo, Not a Choice", published in Policy Review No. 80