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Old 01-28-2010, 10:28 PM
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The Keller School district has some strange program given to 6th graders for 30-45 each Monday in their Science class. Accoring to the school admin it is a progarm with 25 years of track record that reduces child drug use by phenomenal percentages. When I hear such claims and see the stats displayed on their website that are several years old, I have to wonder about such claims. Did the DARE and Tobacco programs reduce drug and tobacco use or was it some other agent/mechanism?

My son has reported that some of the questions are ... does anyone in your family smoke or drink? followed by ... smoking and drinking is bad for you. This statement could be understood by some 6th graders as anyone who smokes or drinks in your family is bad.

Even the program website at www dot lifeskillstraining dot com fails to detail content of the program.

Does anyone have any info on the efficacy of this program? has anyone esle heard of this program?
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Old 01-29-2010, 10:20 AM
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many schools are cutting back on DARE officers because they have no solid statistics to back up paying for that officer to be on campus--he is helpful for other reasons but not only/always for drug prevention...

frankly some of these programs to come into schools from outside the district get a handhold/foothold because someone knows someone who starts a consulting/private firm and gets a contract to provide services that are enriching, enhancement to ongoing curricula...
sometimes they are--sometimes they aren't

the programs that students are required to attend that promote chastity were a waste of time at my high school--most of the kids were using the dark auditorium to just flake out...
in that case, the PTA paid for the program but the school gave up time from instruction to have kids attend...
some programs are great--
but it all depends on the program itself..
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