Target: The Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program
Goal: Force D.A.R.E. to use empirical evidence in formatting curriculum for use across the nation.
Drug Abuse Resistance Education, or D.A.R.E., has repeatedly been found ineffective in keeping youth off of drugs and alcohol. D.A.R.E. depends heavily on public support in order to implement its teachings in a majority of schools across the world. Sign this petition to demand that D.A.R.E. use empirical evidence to create its curriculum, and continue its mission to provide children with the information and skills they need to live drug- and violence-free lives.
Since its inception in 1983, D.A.R.E. has been a staple in schools around the nation. Unfortunately, while its mission is heavily supported, its curriculum and teachings have been proven ineffective and counterproductive in a number of studies. In 2009, more than 25 years since D.A.R.E. began, the U.S. Department of Education prohibited schools from spending funds on D.A.R.E. due to the program’s inability to use scientifically tested, evidence-based curriculum. Although D.A.R.E. claims to have altered their teachings, the Drug Policy Alliance found rates of drug use to be the same under the “new D.A.R.E.” program as those documented under original efforts.
Because D.A.R.E. is so widely used, now in nearly 80 percent of US school districts, it is imperative that we hold them to the highest standards in accountability, validity, and responsibility. D.A.R.E. is funded by D.A.R.E. America, a non-profit organization, and is reviewed annually by the D.A.R.E. Scientific Advisory Board, the D.A.R.E. American Law Enforcement Advisory Board, and D.A.R.E. officers and donors.
Please sign this petition to demand that D.A.R.E. complete its mission using empirically based practices, invite external review, and continue to evolve using research, while keeping the best interest of the youth in focus.
Dear D.A.R.E. Leaders,
While the mission of your program is worthy and necessary for today’s youth, the program’s curriculum has been proven ineffective and counterproductive in numerous studies for almost 30 years. Please reformat your practices around evidenced based strategies and effective teaching methods, based on current research in the field.
As a widely used and accepted program, D.A.R.E. has a responsibility to its financial supporters, local communities and, of course, participants. In a peer reviewed, six-year study published by the Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, D.A.R.E. participants reported 3% – 5% higher rates of drug use than suburban students who did not participate. Studies like these have been buried beneath the program’s mission statement, longevity, and inner circle of D.A.R.E. organizations in charge of everything from funding to review to research.
Reclaim your program’s good name and mission by using current research methods and outside review agencies to increase positive results and public funding.
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