WA Howland (WAHowland@AOL.COM)
Sun, 21 Dec 1997 13:24:00 EST
In a message dated 12/20/97 11:20:50 PM, you wrote:
>The DARE program in our local school system is run by highly intelligent,
>dedicated and articulate deputy sheriffs who have done a world of good
>for many of our young people. I don't think we should condemn a
>national-wide opinion based upon sensationalistic press reports, or
>"studies" from unnamed sources.
A national-wide opinion has nothing to do with it. Of course the nation's
opinion is that we should do something useful to decrease drug use in
children. So stipulated, gladly.
However, if the national opinion is that DARE is, de facto, a swell thing and
has been and continues to be demonstrably useful in the "war against drugs",
then it needs to be looked at in the light of facts. I stated that I did not
remember which study was referred to... rest assured that if I can't come up
with it, somebody on this well-read list will... but ask yourself, and be
honest: If a program to decrease use of widgets in the country's school-aged
population was heavily publicized, implemented nationwide, subsidized by
taxpayer monies, and lionized by as outstanding an organization as the BSA for
more than ten years, but still **widget use and sales had actually increased
over that time**, would you say that it was a program which had done a world
of good to anybody? What would you say to someone who thought so?
All I'm asking for is a little more critical thinking on this issue. I am NOT
mocking the many fine people who do their best to implement what they are
given... but it is clearly time for a change.
ASM T44 Pocasset MA
Cape Cod & Islands Council
Abake MiSaNaKe Lodge #393
NSJ 1997 Health & Safety
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