D.A.R.E. To Cease Teaching Middle Schoolers About The Evils Of Marijuana

Not because they realized that their efforts amount to creepy brainwashing, but because a study suggested that being warned by D.A.R.E. increases, rather than decreases, tweens’ likelihood of smoking pot. Reason writes:

D.A.R.E., the national nonprofit that has promoted “Drug Abuse Resistance Education” to elementary, middle, and high school students since the early 1980s, will all but drop anti-drug material from its curriculum for fifth and sixth grade students.

“D.A.R.E. America has determined that anti-drug material is not age-appropriate,” a state affiliate leader told Reason. “The new curriculum focuses on character development”…[and] does not bring up the subject of marijuana at all.

The curriculum change is likely part of an ongoing attempt by the organization to restore its credibility with the scientific community. In 1999, the American Psychological Association conducted a study of D.A.R.E. graduates and concluded that its curriculum was ineffective. The Government Accountability Office announced in 2003 that D.A.R.E. programming had actually correlated with increased drug use among some adolescents.

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7 Responses to D.A.R.E. To Cease Teaching Middle Schoolers About The Evils Of Marijuana

  1. Jeremy December 10, 2012 at 2:48 pm #

    DARE made drugs seem so much cooler.. They told us drugs caused a feeling of euphoria and that we shouldn’t do them to be cool, which would mean cool people did drugs. They also told us that drugs pissed off parents and teachers when you used them. What kid doesn’t love that? That was basically saying; “Hey kids, drugs can give you exactly what you want.” Then they would get to marijuana and they would just lie up and down the river about how “harmful” pot is and how it causes all these problems that in reality it actually helps cure. I remember smoking pot for the first time and thinking to myself; “Holy shit, this stuff is awesome!!” I smoked it a few times and worried that maybe i’ll get addicted or become stupider or something. When none of that happened and I figured out I could get high whenever I wanted without the risk of addiction or side effects or anything bad at all. I fell in love with it. My grades never dropped, in fact around that time they got better! I don’t necessarily attribute that to the pot smoking but I know the pot didn’t hinder my learning abilities in anyway. So once I found out they lied about pot, what else could they have lied about, cocaine perhaps.. Tried that, didn’t like the whole “I want more” part of it and never did it again. DARE introduced me to the drugs, lied about them, and then expected we would just follow blindly. No no no, kids aren’t like that. Kids don’t listen until they try something for themselves, scare tactics don’t work on fearless teens. /rant

  2. alizardx December 10, 2012 at 4:05 pm #

    Weird that a part of the anti-drug lobby actually got subject to accountability for non-performance.

  3. mole_face December 10, 2012 at 5:06 pm #

    Kids, take it from the cornball Republican-looking lion douchebag – smoking pot is VERY uncool.

  4. BuzzCoastin December 10, 2012 at 7:53 pm #

    > D.A.R.E. increases, rather than decreases, tweens’ likelihood of smoking pot

    that was always the intent from the git go
    that
    and turning kids into government snitches

  5. DeepCough December 10, 2012 at 8:40 pm #

    Glad people are starting to realize that law enforcement officials, more than anybody else on the planet, are the least informed about chemicals and their effects.

  6. "Big" Richard Johnson December 10, 2012 at 10:18 pm #

    According to DARE, smoking pot makes you a super villain.

    I have yet to be sought out by Batman for my perfidious puffing.

    • I_abide December 11, 2012 at 1:05 pm #

      Have you developed any powers yet? If there’s no powers then it’s not high profile enough for him.

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