Words of Advice:

"Never Feel Sorry For Anyone Who Owns an Airplane."-- Tina Marie

"
If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

"
Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground
Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It.
" -- Unknown

"There seems to be almost no problem that Congress cannot,
by diligent efforts and careful legislative drafting, make ten times worse.
" -- Me

"What the hell is an `Aluminum Falcon'?" -- Emperor Palpatine

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Dare to Scrap DARE

DARE, which is an acronym for Drug Abuse Resistance Education, is a Reagan-era "just say no to drugs" education program. Your local paper, especially in smaller towns, may run stories about kids completing DARE training and getting some certificate.

The problem is that the program doesn't work. It's a government boondoggle for the DARE presenters (mostly cops, it would seem) and for the companies that produce DARE educational materials. Just like "abstinence-only" sex education, DARE is both a darling of the Right (because it was dreamed up by Saint Ronnie) and is wholly ineffective.

DARE is a big government program promoted by people who hate big government.

5 comments:

w3ski said...

My teenage daughter tried pot while still in the 'Dare' program.
As in my case as well; if you tell a kid stupid and fearful stuff for long enough, you will encourage their curiosity about it.
She came out fine but the program is a fail.
w3ski

Keaaukane said...

Once I tried to have some "I turned my parents in to DARE, and all I got was this lousy t-shirt" t-shirts made, but the printer refused to do it.

zdogk9 said...

Drugs Are Really Excellent, how it was explained to me by a guy I worked with who went through the program shortly after it's inception

dinthebeast said...

As my friend Jack said about it at the time: "I dare you to keep your kids out of your dope. They're smarter than you, and they stay up later..."

-Doug in Oakland

w3ski said...

exactly my point dinthebeast, it's exactly what happened.
w3ski