Schools Defend Attack on DARE, Similar Programs
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 (DARE) 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.
"I don't know anything about these pen and pencil people and their studies," said Algonquin police Chief Russell Laine.
Two Algonquin police officers give the 18-week DARE program at elementary and middle schools. A third offers training at the high school level.
"From what I see here in our community, young people are responding to the program," Laine said.
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. …