For the past 27 years D.A.R.E has been touching the lives of kids. DARE is a program that gives children the information and skills they need to live a drug and violence free lives. “The mission is to equip kids with the tools that will enable them to avoid negative influences and instead, allow them to focus on their strengths and potential. And, that's exactly what D.A.R.E. is designed to do. Additionally, it establishes positive relationships between students and law enforcement, teachers, parents, and other community leaders. Every youngster should have the opportunity to grow-up healthy, safe, secure, and equipped with the skills needed to succeed in life. Contemporary America, however, is rampant with challenges that could keep children from a positive life path.” (DARE, 1996)
DARE has done a very good job at trying to find healthy places for kids to live and learn they are dedicated to what they teach. At glance DARE is a program in which local law enforcement agencies and local schools join together to teach students about the consequences of substance abuse and violence. The program is designed to be delivered between the grades of k and 12. It has gone under multiple changes in the past 27 years. The program reaches millions of children in all 50 states as well as 43 countries and also all the United States Territories have the program in place. (DARE, 1996) DARE has more than 50,000 officers to teach the material of the dare program.
I think one of the best aspects of the program is developing a healthy relationship between the children and law enforcement and teachers. Since many of the kids will be adults they will hopefully learn not to fear the police but to trust them and go to them with any problems they have within their community. Also the relationship that the children will get with their teachers will help them. Children now have healthy role models to look up too. Instead of figures like wrestling stars, where the good guy becomes the bad guy and the bad guy becomes the good guy. Or for example Tiger Woods a person that was looked up to by so many young and old now has the negative image. It’s very hurtful for children to see their heroes turn in to the bad guys. With the reinforcement of positive role models that won’t let them down it can only be positive and strengthen the relationship between the two.
DARE also provides lots of knowledge about drugs. While looking at the website I found many links for parents as well that would help inform them about some of the drugs that are going around the schools and world today. It is very important now days to make sure that kids are knowledgeable of drugs so that they will not try them. By making kids aware of the consequences of them and the harmful effects they can have on their body, So that they will not be prown to make the negative choices and experiment with drugs or alcohol.
I think the dare program would be much more effective in an 8th grade class room. I think in 5th and 6th grade the kids are not fully aware of consequences. But in 8th grade the students are more aware of what is out in the world and will start wanting to experiment with alcohol and some drugs. I think in 6th grade it is almost seen as not a serious topic to them because it’s not prevalent around them yet. In a study it was shown that the 7th grade results were better when compared to a 5th grade class. (Hansen, 1996) although according to a DARE leader says he can’t show us any numbers, because the number that they are worried about is the numbers that don’t show up. (Hanson, 2002) meaning that the kids that don’t have problems with drugs or alcohol or domestic abuse when an adult won’t show up because they will not be in the justice system. Showing that the program helps very much. Although there are many people that have a problem with DARE saying that it is counterproductive and drive the kids to experiment with the drugs and alcohol. I say that the kids that want to experiment will experiment that’s why there is no bigger role model then the Childs parents.