Drug Abuse Resistance Education and Dare Core Curriculum

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Sewit Asfaha

What is D.A.R.E?
D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) teaches our children—from kindergarten through high school—that popularity can be found in positive behavior, that belonging need not require them to abandon their values, that self-confidence and self-worth come from asserting themselves and resisting destructive temptations. D.A.R.E. teaches them not just that they should refuse drugs and alcohol, and not participate in violent activities, but how to do so. D.A.R.E. goes beyond traditional drug abuse and violence prevention programs. It gives children the skills needed to recognize and resist the subtle and overt pressures that cause them to experiment with drugs or become involved in gangs or violent activities. D.A.R.E. was founded in 1983 in Los Angeles and has proven so successful that it is now being implemented in 75 percent of our nation's school districts and in more than 43 countries around the world

What is the rationale behind D.A.R.E Program?
The primary goal of D.A.R.E. Program is to prevent substance abuse among schoolchildren and help them develop effective gang and violence resistance techniques. The D.A.R.E. Program has configured objectives that each D.A.R.E. officer must try to accomplished with its students. According to D.A.R.E lessons the objectives of each D.ARE officer is: Enhancing self-esteem, learning assertiveness techniques, learning about positive alternatives to substance use, Learning anger management and conflict resolution skills, Developing risk assessment and decision makes skills, Reducing violence, Building interpersonal and communications skills, Resisting gang involvement. The D.A.R.E program has six unique curriculum and one parent component that helps children of all ages stay away from tobacco, alcohol, drugs, and gangs. The core curriculum that the DARE program is the one that most of us are familiar with. The DARE core curriculum is taught by a trained DARE officer...
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