Perhaps I should just put topics on my website and not say anything but just suggest that I might!

Best news I've had all week is that the POWER/DARE program got axed with the budget cuts IN 2011. 

Sorry I didn't get around to telling you why I didn't like the program.  It doesn't matter now!

However, I still might as the public needs to understand about "situational ethics," and the DARE program taught students that concept.

Here's a statement issued by the DARE program on December 3, 2012.  They are announcing that they are taking out the discussion of marijuana! After 30 years it's nice of them to figure out that talking about marijuana with 10 years olds is not age appropriate!

D.A.R.E. keepin’ it REAL Elementary Curriculum – Addressing the Issues of Marijuana

The subject of marijuana is attended to in the new D.A.R.E. elementary curriculum. The topic, however, is addressed only after it has been established to be an age appropriate topic for the individual concerned classroom.

The new D.A.R.E.  elementary curriculum was developed using the most advanced prevention science principles based on over 30 years teaching and research. The curriculum enhances the development of safe and responsible citizens who lead successful, drug free lives. The lessons teach young children the skills they need to accomplish these goals, including how to assess the risks and consequences of their behaviors and make safe and responsible choices. The curriculum is designed so that students have opportunity to develop competency in using the skills learned. They also are taught about communicating, as well as giving and getting help. The lessons in the curriculum address the many challenges facing our elementary school-aged youth, including relationships, school work, and drugs.

National research shows that the most effective programs for young children encompass 10 lessons of 45 minutes each in order to reach the widest audience. A wealth of research data substantiates the two most common and dangerous drugs with which elementary aged students have knowledge or familiarity are alcohol and tobacco. These are the substances, across all segments of the population, with the highest use levels at this age group. The experience or knowledge of alcohol and tobacco creates an environment in which it is appropriate to talk with young students about these drugs.

The D.A.R.E.  elementary curriculum provides information about drugs, focusing on alcohol and tobacco. Students learn to apply the information, within the constructs of a decision-making model, and to employ resistance skills in making safe and responsible decisions about drugs. While we do not focus individually on all possible drugs which can be abused, we believe the students can apply the learned decision-making model and developed resistance skills to other substances such as methamphetamine, prescriptions drugs, cocaine/crack, heroine, etc.

The D.A.R.E.  lessons are very interactive. The D.A.R.E. instructor functions as a facilitator guiding the student’s discussions. We are confident that the lessons are structured in a way to allow children the opportunity to ask about other substances.

For the general population of 5th/6th grade students, the topic of marijuana is not age appropriate. Most students in this age group have no basis of reference to the substance. Research has found that teaching children about drugs with which they have never heard of or have no real life understanding may stimulate their interest or curiosity about the substance.

In delivering the D.A.R.E.  lessons, the D.A.R.E. officer functions as a facilitator, guiding an interactive discussion. The D.A.R.E.  lessons are structured in a way to engage students and provide them with the opportunity to bring into the conversation questions they may have about other substances. It is proven to be more effective to discuss drugs when the students initiate the discussion, rather than lecturing to them. As part of the curriculum, a discussion guide has been provided to D.A.R.E. officers for incorporation into D.A.R.E. kiR elementary program when appropriate. The discussion guide is for use when the topic of marijuana is raised by the students. The design of the marijuana discussion guide reflects the design of the D.A.R.E. kiR lessons so that when employed it is done in a seamless fashion.

Here are the corporations that support the DARE Program.  I try not to support them!


Abbott Laboratories

American Honda


Bayliner Boats

Bill Russ Productions, Inc.

Celebrity Pink


Collateral Holding

Consumer Healthcare Product Association (CHPA)

DDB Worldwide

DS Max

Estee Lauder, Inc.

First Book

Fruit of the Loom

General Mills



Los Angeles Dodgers

M&M / Mars



New Corporation

Nextel Communications


Penske Automotive

Pharmaceutical Research and Manufactures of America (PhRMA)


Premier Books

Princess Cruises

Protection One

Prudential Financial

Ralph’s/ Food4Less

RBC Wealth Management

Sam’s Club

Shapell Industries

Target Corporation

The Vantage Group

Uncle Ben’s

Universal Rag


Warner Bros.

Western Union

4Kids Entertainment