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Is it really worth getting rid of drug abuse and bully free programs in schools? how much effect do they have on kids?

We see on the news kids in elementary school getting addicted to drugs and being bullied without any education to help to them out. There used to be a bunch of programs to help prevent bullying and drug use yet now schools are getting rid of all their programs. Why is that? Clearly there's money issues but that does not change the importance to support the youth and do whatever it takes to allow them to be above the influence.

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    Sep 30 2013: We are lucky, we don't have much of this kind of concern in Shanghai's school now.
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    Sep 30 2013: How can you prove a past act made no difference when you do not know for a fact what would have happened had the act not been committed? Also, do you propose allowing drug activity and physical abuse to go unchallenged?
  • Sep 30 2013: Not sure about the bullying programs but DARE has been evaluated after 30 years by 6 studies (belieThe ve they were longitudinal). A report on these studies can be found in a report from the GAO in 2003 which showed DARE did not make a difference.
    • Sep 30 2013: Perhaps this is just me but even the name of the program is sending the wrong message.
      • Sep 30 2013: never liked the name myself but someone must have, been around for over 30 years. 8>))
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    Sep 30 2013: Could you share the evidence you have that programming in this area is being cut somewhere?
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    • Da Way

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      Sep 30 2013: We should get teenagers to design thier anti-bullying programs.