What Is the DARE Program?
The History of DARE
Dare was introduced to 5th and 6th grade classrooms in 1983, when “Just Say No” and The War on Drugs were standout political initiatives. For about ten years or so, the DARE curriculum was practiced in 75% of U.S. schools, costing taxpayers about $600 million a year. In the early 1990s, however, the American Psychological Association and other government organizations began to critique DARE’s tactics and curriculum.
After a thorough investigation by the APA, DARE lost its federal funding in 1998. After losing its funding, DARE kept quiet for a short period of time. In 2009, however, DARE implemented the Keepin’ It REAL curriculum. This new program, developed by individuals at Penn State University, was tested on 7,000 students at the middle school level. The new program has proven to show more positive results than the original DARE curriculum, which was ultimately not a success.