What do you think about the D.A.R.E program?
Category: Culture | Posted on Thu, September, 26th 2013 by THCFinder
Most of us remember being in the lower grades and having to take D.A.R.E. To be completely honest, I don't remember what they actually taught us. I know that it was about drugs and how they would ruin our lives if we ever tried them. I've heard that in some classes, the cops brought in actual drugs to show the kids. They didn't show us drugs in ours. I don't remember them ever mentioning individual drugs to be completely honest. I was in fifth grade when I went through the D.A.R.E. program so either I wasn't paying attention or I partied the memories away when I was in college.
D.A.R.E. stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education. Their mission statement is to help kids lead substance free, violence free lives. Since we live in an unfortunately violent world, protecting us from violence when we're children only gives us the inability to combat it when we are older. Fortunately, we have substances (marijuana) that we can use to at least make certain life issues a bit more bearable.
In my opinion, the D.A.R.E. program introduces kids to drugs at a younger age. Not only that, but it should be parents speaking to their kids about the dangers of the worlds. Schools these days resemble jails more so than educational institutions. At least information from the parents might be a bit more honest. I don't know what D.A.R.E. is like now. Like I said, I don't remember my specific program being very in depth. I think it was more about teaching us how to fight someone if we were ever attacked but again, growing up with two parents who are heavily in to fitness, martial arts, and law enforcement taught me that long before the police officer did by showing us a diagram on a piece of paper.
Teaching kids about drugs, alcohol, and violence is definitely an important part of their growing up. However, there is a right way and a wrong way to do it and I believe that D.A.R.E is the wrong way. While they do present some facts to the kids in the classes, I do feel that they are biased because (obviously) they're cops. It's their job to tell you that pot is bad because they have to arrest you for it anyway. Someone very close to me is a police officer and he told me that he fully supports the legalization of marijuana and would rather deal with a high person rather than a drunk person. When police officers start backing an illegal substance rather than the legal one, I'd say it's time for change. Wouldn't you?
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