Pubdate: Wed, 15 Aug 2007
Source: Greensboro News & Record (NC)
Copyright: 2007 Greensboro News & Record, Inc.
Author: Max Holder


I commend Sheriff BJ Barnes for abandoning the DARE program in public 
schools. It just does not work.

The program focuses on berating children with scary images of disease 
and failure and associates them with drug use. These tactics are 
patronizing and ineffective.

As children grow up, they tend to lose trust for these educators and 
rebel against them. Furthermore, those who would listen are those 
least likely to get involved with drugs in the first place.

The county is right in moving the funds to actual law enforcement. An 
ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, but only when the 
prevention works. This is not to say that the effects of drugs should 
be completely left out of the curriculum.

Instead, the decision-making abilities and methods against peer 
pressure should be reinforced through other activities, rather than 
just scaring the children. We can educate them on the effects of the 
drugs without outright brainwashing.

I participated in the DARE program and now, as a high school student, 
can strongly say that it gave me nothing more than spite against 
these people who seem to think I cannot make my own decisions.

Max Holder

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