DARE ALLEGED TO HAVE
INCREASED USE OF DRUGS AMONG THE YOUNG
In the past two decades statistics have
indicated a sharp increase in the use of drugs in the United States.
media has portrayed a drug epidemic and politicians have eagerly
created new programs ostensibly to fight the drug problem. New
prisons have been built and 100,000 new police officers are on the
street. One of the "drug fighting" programs is called "DARE", which
stands for "Drug Abuse Resistance Education." DARE is an elementary
school curriculum that is taught by police officers. As we take a
look at what the DARE program teaches and its results, one might be
led to question the forces behind the anti-drug campaign.
DARE was created in 1983 by former Los
Angeles Police Chief, Daryl Gates. The goal was to get police
officers in the classroom to teach children about the dangers of
drugs and violence. The program exploded in size after President Bush
committed a large amount of federal money to it. Police officers now
teach the DARE curriculum to over 60% of all fifth graders in the
U.S., and the program receives over $700 million in taxpayer funds
The main concept of the DARE curriculum
is embodied in the "refusal skills" or eight ways to "just say no."
These include methods such as repeated refusal, walking away or
giving someone the cold shoulder when offered a drug. The uniformed
DARE officer lectures and role plays with the students, playing the
role of the drug pusher as well as the authority figure.
Numerous independent studies have been
done in the U.S. and Canada on the effectiveness of the DARE program,
and none indicate that the program has resulted in a reduction of
drug abuse by minors. In fact, some studies have indicated an
increase of drug use that paralleled the growth of DARE. This is
confirmed by researcher Lloyd Johnston of the University of Michigan.
He conducts the nationwide "Monitoring the Future" Survey each year
for drug use trends. He found that a "third of eighth-graders, mostly
13-year olds, report using illegal drugs. Marijuana use more than
doubled among eighth-graders between 1991 and 1994. Two-thirds of
eighth-graders have tried alcohol. A quarter say they still drink.
Twenty-eight percent say they have been drunk at least once.
among eighth-graders rose 30% between 1991 and 1994."
"If DARE is effective on a national
basis, should not these trends be in the opposite direction? Lloyd
Johnston said, 'I have to conclude that DARE has had little or no
effect except to give police officers something to do.' [Las Vegas
Sun, 5/1-2/94]. An editorial in the Worcester, Mass. Telegram
lamented: 'One disturbing fact: while DARE has expanded, drug abuse
and cigarette smoking among young people have increased nationwide.'
[Sunday Telegram, 1/28/96]." (From an article by Steve Wallace
entitled "A Different Look at DARE").
DARE's version of drug education has
produced results that are similar to modern sex education. There has
been an exponential increase of the problems both of these programs
were created to address. As sex education was promoted by Planned
Parenthood and the socialist elite, teen pregnancy and illegitimacy
exploded. As DARE increased its influence in the school system and
community, so did the use of alcohol, tobacco and illegal drugs among
minors. "The finding of significantly higher hallucinogen use among
the DARE group raises the possibility that drug education programs
may increase student curiosity about drugs and lead to earlier and
greater drug experimentation ..." [On comparison of DARE vs. Non-DARE
students]. Truth and DARE by E. Wysong, an understatement but true,
none the less.
If $700 million a year and twenty thousand
specially trained police officers does not result in a reduction of
drug use among minors, besides giving police something to do, what
does it accomplish? Plenty, according to Chicago Police
Superintendent, Matt L. Rodriguez, who is also chairman of the Major
Cities Chiefs' Association. In 1995 Rodriguez made the following
remarks during the MCCA convention in Miami, Florida: "Chicago, I am
proud to say, is one of the nearly 60 percent of the school districts
in the country where DARE is operating -- and expanding.
"...The collateral benefits of the [DARE]
program [are] the often unnoticed and [so are the] long-term
advantages to our departments, to our communities, and to how we work
together. DARE officers are familiar figures not just inside the
classroom, but outside as well -- on the playground, on field trips,
and during after-school activities. It is this familiarity and
consistency that provide the foundation for meaningful and lasting
relationships among police officers, students, parents, and
teachers...which may ultimately determine whether [children] become
long-term problems for the justice system, or long-term PARTNERS WITH
THE POLICE." Still emphasizing the "collateral benefit", Rodruigez
went on to say, "Every officer can quickly give you several stories
[that] describe how students more positively relate to the police or
how their lives have changed after having the opportunity to know a
police officer whom they feel comfortable talking with, [about] all
kinds of problems." Rodruigez did not address the apparent
statistical failure of the DARE program, but emphasized the warm,
fuzzy side of police officers playing with the kids at school,
listening to their problems and developing a life-long partnership.
The ominous, Orwellian picture of police
intrusion into every aspect of life further unfolds if one will
consider that in some cases DARE officers have taught "children to
spy on their families and act as police informants", according to
Family Council on Drug Awareness director, Chris Conrad.
Like every government program that claims
to better society without addressing its moral and spiritual cancer,
DARE is another wolf in sheep's clothing. In typical New World Order
fashion it pretends to fight the plague it is spreading. Even though
many of the individuals involved in DARE may mean well, the fountain
from which DARE springs is poisoned.
DARE is helping to accomplish the true
objectives of the socialistic New World Order by indoctrinating
school children to look at the police, or the state, as their true
Increased drug abuse among minors is also
a DARE objective fulfilled, because drug abuse is creating a future
generation that is slavishly dependent and unable to think or reason
DARE and other federally sponsored
programs like it are a Trojan horse, dedicated to the moulding of
young minds to the bent of the New World Order.
"Beware of false
prophets [teachers] which come to you in sheep's clothing, but
inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their
fruits." Matthew 7:15,16.