Several years ago my youngest son questioned the subliminal message of the inappropriate acronym for DARE.
He told me, 'Don't they know what DARE means to teenage kids?'
He said that he and his friends laughed, 'That they had a dare class right before sex education and a bare dare was ahead of safe sex.'
I know what he meant, and that he knew better, but he dared question their infallible wisdom of psychological education.
Today I just ran across some of this in Wikipedia,
whether totally true or not I thought I'd share.
for its entirety,
1998 - National Institute of Justice
In 1998, A grant from the National Institute of Justice to the University of Maryland resulted in a report to the NIJ, which among other statements, concluded that 'D.A.R.E. does not work to reduce substance use.' D.A.R.E. expanded and modified the social competency development area of its curriculum in response to the report. Research by Dr. Dennis Rosenbaum in 1998, found that D.A.R.E. graduates were more likely than others to drink alcohol, smoke tobacco and use illegal drugs. Psychologist Dr. William Colson asserted in 1998 that D.A.R.E. increased drug awareness so that 'as they get a little older, they (students) become very curious about these drugs they've learned about from police officers.' The scientific research evidence in 1998 indicated that the officers were unsuccessful in preventing the increased awareness and curiosity from being translated into illegal use. The evidence suggested that, by exposing young impressionable children to drugs, the program was, in fact, encouraging and nurturing drug use. Studies funded by the National Institute of Justice in 1998, and the California Legislative Analyst's Office in 2000 also concluded that the program was ineffective.  1999 - American Psychological Association
A ten year study was completed by the American Psychological Association in 2006 involving one thousand D.A.R.E. graduates in an attempt to measure the effects of the program. After the ten year period no measurable effects were noted. The researchers compared levels of alcohol, cigarette, marijuana and the use of illegal substances before the dare program (when the students were in sixth grade) with the post D.A.R.E. levels (when they were 20 years old). Although there were some measured effects shortly after the program on the attitudes of the students towards drug use, these effects did not seem to carry on long term.   2001 - Surgeon General categorizes D.A.R.E. 'Does Not Work'
In 2001, the Surgeon General of the United States, David Satcher M.D. Ph.D., placed the D.A.R.E. program in the category of 'Does Not Work.' The U.S. General Accountability Office concluded in 2003 that the program was sometimes counterproductive in some populations, with those who graduate from D.A.R.E. later having higher rates of drug use (a boomerang effect).  2007 - Perspectives on Psychological Science Article
In March 2007, the D.A.R.E. program was placed on a list of treatments that have the potential to cause harm in clients in the APS journal, Perspectives on Psychological Science.
Cost and Funding
The cost of the D.A.R.E. program in the United States was estimated at $1.04 to $1.34 billion per year in 2001. The program is used in about 80% of all school districts in the U.S., with an estimated 7,838 to 9,264 law enforcement officers participating full or part-time in the program.
D.A.R.E. America is funded largely as a crime prevention program working through education within schools. It receives funding from the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Bureau of Justice Administration, U.S. Office of Justice and Delinquency Prevention, corporations, foundations, individuals and other sources. In addition, state training and local programs typically receive funding from state legislature appropriations, state agencies, counties, cities, school districts, police agencies, individuals, and community fund raisers and other sources.[
just musin' little john
OBSTINATE OPTIMISM PUSHED BY PESSIMISM INTO RATIONAL REALISM. Optimism, Pessimism, Realism
OBSTINATE OPTIMISM PUSHED BY PESSIMISM INTO RATIONAL REALISM. ======================= Less of more is more of less, More OR less, less is MORE. The one third of the glass half full is one sixth, One third of the glass half empty is emptiness. ==========================
“Between the optimist and the pessimist, the difference is droll. The optimist sees the doughnut; the pessimist the hole!”
Oscar Wilde ============================== “The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.”
William Arthur Ward ============================== “The optimist sees the rose and not its thorns; the pessimist stares at the thorns, oblivious to the rose”
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I stumbled across the following by a Dr. Strom.
In Dr. Mark Strom's chapter, Humility, from the 2003 book, The Seven Heavenly Virtues of Leadership, he discusses humanity with nobility:
Clearly, humility does not exist in isolation from the other virtues, qualities and arts of leadership.
When it comes to leadership there is perhaps one characteristic manner of being that stands out as the natural twin of humility.
Humility and nobility.
Humility with nobility:
Honor is not the same as public acclaim.
Virtue is not determined in moments of public attention to our behavior.
Courage, devotion, compassion, humility -- all the noble human qualities -- are not practiced in pursuit of public approval.
They are means to much nobler ends. And they are ends in themselves.
To be noble is to be:
Admirable in dignity of conception, or in manner of expression, execution, or composition; imposing in appearance; stately; magnificent; of an admirably high quality.
We are not talking about nobility in the sense of ranks made elite by birth or decree, but of nobility of purpose, and of a personal bearing that befits that purpose.
Humility needs to be seen in relationship to our other virtues and qualities.
It is inward looking in a way most other virtues are not.
Humility is a stance I take towards myself before it is a stance I take towards others.
With the possible exception of integrity, the other virtues are mostly a stance we take towards others and the wider challenges of life.
I'm not saying that humility is the most important.
The virtues need to be seen as interdependent.
Each needs to be seen in the light of the others.
Humility without compassion, courage or integrity is hollow.
Without humility the other virtues may become parodies:
Compassion without humility is likely to be patronizing.
Courage without humility is likely to be foolhardy.
Humour without humility is likely to be cruel.
Integrity without humility is likely to be self-righteous.
Passion without humility is likely to be overbearing.
Wisdom without humility is likely to be pompous.
my own WIP work in progress is to strive to be noble and honorable in a peaceful endeavor with integrity of humility.
I still have a lot of work to do.
thanx little john
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