EQ: Is the D.A.R.E. program good for American kids? (Anthony-TOPIC 2)

EQ: Is the D.A.R.E. program good for American kids?
Background: People believe that the D.A.R.E. program actually helps to prevent kids from using drugs, while others believe that the program actually sparks kids interest in drug use. A study done in 2008 shows that by the end of 8th grade year around 28% of US students has used drugs, and by the end of high school around 47% of US students. A study the following year claims that students who take the class are 2.5% less likely to use drugs. The D.A.R.E. program is funded by both private and federal sources and uses $1-1.3 million dollars a year. In 2009 30 studies were done saying that the program does not prevent drug use in students and it is actually almost impossible to distinguish between students who did and didn’t.
Claim: I believe that the D.A.R.E program doesn’t actually do any good in preventing drug use in students. I believe that the program is a waste in money that could potentially go to something better to actually help students. Often times I think that the program has a good message and intention but that the way they try to get the message across often times is ignored for various reasons.
Support: D.A.R.E. is a class that is usually given once a week, a few hours that day, and for around ten weeks. In these ten weeks the same things are constantly being said about drug use and its potential health problems and other problems, but the message is so repetitive that students tend to just block out what is said because they are tired of hearing it. Having a police officer teach the program I feel also creates a drawback to the effectiveness of the program. A police officer doesn’t have almost any experience working in a teaching environment so they don’t know what to expect or how to effectively get their teachings across; also most kids and teens don’t respect the police and won’t have a good connection with them because of their line of work (arresting people, charging people, etc.). With that said I believe the program just wastes money because if the program isn’t really working to help prevent drug use in people then why should we continue to spend the money in having the program instead of using it towards something better for schools or communities.

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9 responses to “EQ: Is the D.A.R.E. program good for American kids? (Anthony-TOPIC 2)

  1. Justin Clements

    The DARE program is simply made to teach kids about drug awareness, it is not a crime fighting team. The DARE program gives kids the necessary resources to prevent drugs from coming into their lives.

  2. Anthony Cain

    I agree that it is not a crime fighting team, but frankly that has nothing to do with the fact of it helping to prevent drug use or not. “D.A.R.E. to keep kids off drugs” is a slogan of the program therefore you can see that the program tries to prevent drug use in kids and teens.

  3. Alyssa Garrido

    I agree with your claim. D.A.R.E. program is given many times a year for younger children and while their information is accepted by their students, it doesn’t stem the curiosity of the actual affects of drugs.

    • Anthony Cain

      Alyssa i don’t understand what you are trying to say in your last sentence when you say “it doesn’t stem the curiosity of the actual affects of drugs?”

  4. Toris Sherwood

    The D.A.R.E. program is not stop drug use, but to spread awareness. D.A.R.E. is supposed to keep kids from doing drugs, but it’s impossible to convince all the kids off drugs. No matter how much they try they won’t be able to get all of the kids to not do drugs.

  5. Morgan Gilberti

    I agree with Toris, the D.A.R.E. program is to spread the awareness of what drugs are and what they can do to your body. I do believe that the program is not very effective in getting their message across though. According to Julie Sherwood: “Students say that the D.A.R.E. message is repeated so often at school that the concept has lost its meaning and become tedious.” (Julie Sherwood, “The DARE Debate,” Daily Messenger, Aug. 10, 2008)

  6. Matt Nichols

    I agree that D.A.R.E does not help prevent the use of drugs among young people. Every time a guest speaker comes in to talk about drugs, they talk about how many children our age (6th-12th grade) are drug active. If D.A.R.E was very effective, then why would they have so many stories on teens taking drugs? Also, D.A.R.E exposes many drugs to kids. Before D.A.R.E., I had no idea what half of those drugs were and then they introduced them all to me. Also, after telling many students about the effects drugs do, many could possibly be influenced to try them because kids listen to the good, more than the bad. So, if they hear how it makes everything funny, or makes activities more fun than normal, they will take appeal to it and ignore the bad information. It’s just how the human brain works.

  7. Christian Encarnacion

    Although D.A.R.E’s intentions are good, it’s not like kids don’t receive this information elsewhere in other environments. The information provided by D.A.R.E is often presented by other organizations, or even through a class as simple as Health Education in schools, and as a result makes the program a rather redundant one. Kids, at such a young age, typically have never been exposed to the idea of drugs and as a result of this program learn what they actually are and what they can actually do. Most of the individuals that actually promote this program aren’t even drug free themselves, and, from my own personal experience with being introduced to this program in middle school, don’t even try to prevent kids from experimenting with them (our sponsor for the program promoted “responsible use” of them). Kids are going to listen to what their friends think rather than what an adult has to say, and if more kids were to promote the bad rather than the good then most would stay off of drugs, but we live in a society where the media deems the use of drugs as a “fun thing to do”, thus ruining any ethical sense of drug use in kids, making them more likely to experiment with them sometime during their lives.

    • Anthony Cain

      Honestly your comment is the only one that I understood. Thank you for the input Christian. I completely agree with what you are saying.

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