Researchers Say DARE, Other Programs Don't Help Students
Janota, Laura, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Laura Janota Daily Herald Staff Writer
A group of California researchers found fault Wednesday with drug-education programs popular among suburban police departments and schools.
The researchers, during a conference of the American Educational Research Association in Chicago, contended programs like Drug Abuse Resistance Education don't really help kids.
Although controversy over the nation's $200 million DARE program has flared from time to time, suburban officials who believe in the program were upset with the latest criticism.
"It's educating children. How can you argue with that?" said Carolyn O'Neal, principal at Oak Hill Elementary School in Streamwood.
"DARE is about making good decisions and choices _ period," said O'Neal. "It's not just 18 weeks of saying 'Don't do drugs.' "
DARE is among drug-education training that researchers found didn't do kids much good - at least in California study groups.
"At best these programs have a minimal effect," said Dr. Joel Brown, who did a random survey of 5,024 California students from 1991 to 1994 for the California State Department of Education.
The findings, to be published in the spring 1997 edition of Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, claim that children with drug problems aren't handled well - if at all - by the programs.
It also says kids don't always get honest information about the use vs. …