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zach12
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MewxVenus
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D.A.R.E. successfully prevents drug use and violence in its graduates

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Started: 2/27/2009 Category: Society
Updated: 8 years ago Status: Voting Period
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zach12

Con

Since I am on the Con side of this debate I will let my opponent start.

The definition:

D.A.R.E. is: Drug Abuse Resistance Education, better known as D.A.R.E. or DARE, is an international education program that seeks to prevent use of illegal drugs, membership in gangs, and violent behavior

Good luck to whomever accepts this debate.
MewxVenus

Pro

I thank my opponent for this debate. My purpose to my argument is not to state that ALL D.A.R.E. graduates avoid drugs, gangs, and violence, because that would be unreasonable. Rather, I would like to prove that D.A.R.E. significantly lowers the number of people involved in these activities.

http://www.dare.com...

Summed up, this source states that since 1983, 75% of schools around the the country have used and are still using the D.A.R.E. program. This program wouldn't be used in such multitude if it weren't effective. It also says that since kids are taking these courses at early ages, their highly impressionable minds are seeing the law as good, and drugs, violence, and gang activity as bad.

So while it is true that some D.A.R.E. graduates may drink or use drugs, the majority of them will not.
Debate Round No. 1
zach12

Con

I thank MewxVenus for accepting my debate.

D.A.R.E. does not prevent many people from using drugs, participing in gangs, and violence. In fact, four major associations believe DARE to be counterproductive and sometimes inadvertently cause teens to use drugs and do violence etc.

http://alcoholfacts.org...
http://www.drcnet.org...
http://en.wikipedia.org...

All three of these sites prove that DARE is ineffective and possibly even counter-productive. The U.S. Surgeon General to condemn the program and the U.S. Department of Education has prohibited using government provided funds on DARE.

My opponent uses an irrelevant source because it is the organization's own website and thus is considerably biased.

The very fact that adults don't want a teen to do something is just cause for them to do it in a teenagers opinion (I should know, I am a teen and have seen my classmates use drugs and participate in gangs)

My opponent states: >>> "This program wouldn't be used in such multitude if it weren't effective." <<<

This is completely untrue. The only reason that DARE continues to exist is that discontinuing the program would look bad to the public. It would seem that they no longer care about teenage drug use and violence. The people in charge of DARE are deluded into believing that their program works.

When the National Institutes of Health/University of Kentucky study found DARE ineffective, the organization's leader called it "bogus," 10 an "academic fraud," 11and claimed that it was "part of an anti-DARE vendetta by therapists." 12He dismissed the results as "voodoo science" and charged, without any evidence, that DARE's critics are biased by their financial interest in prevention programs that compete with DARE. "I truly believe they are setting out to find ways to attack our programs and are misusing science to do it. The bottom line is that they don't want police officers to do the work, because they want it for themselves." 13

The above quote came from http://alcoholfacts.org... by a leading DARE executive. This shows that they are deluded. In face of evidence to the contrary, they continue to insist that DARE works.

My opponent has still failed to provide any facts or proof that DARE reduces drug use and Violence.

Thanks for reading, vote pro!
MewxVenus

Pro

MewxVenus forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 2
zach12

Con

extend all arguments.

I hope my opponent chooses to emerge from hibernation within the next 3 days
MewxVenus

Pro

MewxVenus forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by MewxVenus 8 years ago
MewxVenus
Haha it's ok. I know what you mean.
Posted by zach12 8 years ago
zach12
why do I always do that? I put "vote pro" when i'm the con side... i have some sort of problem. I meant VOTE CON!
Posted by MewxVenus 8 years ago
MewxVenus
Wow...umm...I don't really like pro...but I'll try it out anyway! :)
Posted by hauki20 8 years ago
hauki20
"Positions on debates are like parking spaces, the best are taken and the rest are for handicaps."
-The infinite wisdom of Hauki20
Posted by 18freckles 8 years ago
18freckles
same here
con could easily win
Posted by Chuckles 8 years ago
Chuckles
if con was available i would take this debate...
Posted by zach12 8 years ago
zach12
what are you talking about? I'm con so pro has to give reasons why D.A.R.E. is effective. The burden of proof is on them
Posted by rangersfootballclub 8 years ago
rangersfootballclub
why didnt you post stats etc on the first round ? i didnt even know what it is ? how could i take this up if i am unawre of how effective it is ?
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