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Is This Preschool Teaching Kids to Snitch on Parents for Using Drugs?

Leave them kids alone



It's never too early to start inundating kids with anti-drug propaganda. At Milton Elementary School in New Jersey, even the preschoolers are being treated to a full week of drug resistance education—perhaps, one parent suggested, to encourage the kids to snitch on their parents.

Milton has kindergarten and preschool classes. According to a schedule of events obtained by Reason, this week was all about saying no to drugs:

Monday (Tomorrow)—Team up to be Drug Free—wear your favorite team jersey

Tuesday – Doing Drugs is just crazy talk or Drugs give you the blues—Crazy hair day or wear something blue or both

Wednesday – Put a Lid on Drugs—Favorite hat

Thursday—Sock it to Drugs or Turn your back on Drugs—Mismatched socks or shirt backwards or both

Friday—Scare Away Drugs—Halloween costume

Keep in mind that these events are being aimed at children as young as three. I seriously doubt that these kids know about drugs, or have any ability to understand the nuances of drug issues (not that "Scare Away Drugs" is a message with any nuance).

Milton's principal did not respond to a request for comment. One parent of a Milton child told Reason the decision to implement the anti-drug training was made at an administrative level, rather than by the teachers. He also said he couldn't help but wonder whether teaching young children to report drug use in their homes was a goal of the program.

That's a criticism often levelled against Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.), an international anti-drug organization with a significant presence in American schools. The D.A.R.E. program deploys police officers to classrooms to preach zero tolerance for drug use, and encourages kids to snitch on their friends family members. Studies have shown over and over again that the D.A.R.E. approach doesn't work, and may even be worse than nothing. Exposure to D.A.R.E. programming has been show to occasionally correlate with higher smoking and drinking rates among teens, for instance.

That doesn't mean it's always wrong to teach kids about the hazards of certain drugs. But schools seem almost incapable of doing so in a manner that comports with reality. Responsible anti-drug education would acknowledge that marijuana is comparatively tame and even legal in many cases, and that alcohol abuse is a significantly more threatening problem.

But regardless of whether Milton takes the D.A.R.E. approach or something else entirely, it's just absurd to begin any anti-drug education in preschool.

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  1. But….drugs r bad, mmkay?

    That’s all the chirrens need to know. And if drugs r bad, mmmkay – and they are – then turning in your parents for doing drugs is the right thing to do.

    Because drugs r bad, mmkay?

    This isn’t hard – geez.

  2. “It was my little daughter,” said Parsons with a sort of doleful pride. “She listened at the keyhole. Heard what I was saying, and nipped off to the patrols the very next day. Pretty smart for a nipper of seven, eh? I don’t bear her any grudge for it. In fact I’m proud of her. It shows I brought her up in the right spirit, anyway.”

  3. My 6 year is a fan of Agile Cyborg. Don’t you judge my parenting.

  4. Is This Preschool Teaching Kids to Snitch on Parents for Using Drugs?

    Nothing in this article would suggest so. But “one parent” suggested it might be, so I guess that’s worth a headline? Come on.

  5. This ought to warm the fat boy’s heart.

    1. He’s deadly serious, mmmmkay.


      Are you saying Christi is Baron Harkonen? No shit?

      Then is Rand Paul Atredies?

      BRING THE RAIN!!!!

    3. I’m not sure it can withstand much warming.

  6. it’s just absurd to begin any anti-drug education in preschool.

    If Milton were serious about this crap, they would begin with anti-CANDY education.

  7. I anticipate reading about the story of the innocent four-year-old who tells a teacher or police officer their mother/father, etc has drugs or does drugs.

    1. He may learn to be a little more suspicious of authority after his dog gets shot during a 3 am SWAT raid, his parents thrown in prison, and he spends the rest of his childhood in an abusive foster home.

      So… silver lining?

    2. I know its happened already. Maybe not a four year old, but an elementary kid, if memory serves.

  8. So I guess reason is now in favor of 3 year olds using DRUGZ. WHY DO YOU HATE TEH CHILDRENZ REASON!!!!!11!!!111!!eleventy!!!!1!!!!

    1. Drugs enhance their performance in the mines.

      1. Hmmm, I might have to try that. Whipping them only produces a small productivity increase, and at some point becomes counter productive. I’ve also tried a carrot and stick approach by promising the most productive worker an extra serving of gruel, but that also only goes so far too. I don’t suppose you have a newsletter I could subscribe to?

        1. Problem is if you promise more gruel, they want more gruel.

  9. Alt Atl Text: Goddamn, the Pusherman.

  10. Monday (Tomorrow) – Team up to be Drug Free – wear your favorite team jersey

    Tuesday – Doing Drugs is just crazy talk or Drugs give you the blues – Crazy hair day or wear something blue or both

    Wednesday – Put a Lid on Drugs – Favorite hat

    Thursday – Sock it to Drugs or Turn your back on Drugs – Mismatched socks or shirt backwards or both

    Friday – Scare Away Drugs – Halloween costume

    Who comes up with this shit? It’s borderline developmentally disabled thinking.

    1. Borderline? I was thinking they went full retard.

    2. They should have had a Free Hugs day. Because hugs, not drugs!
      And maybe a Batman themed day, because smokers are jokers!
      I dunno. I’m not good at this.

      1. They should have had a Free Hugs Rape day

        Because, as we know from being nutpunched with it, if one kid hugs another, that’s sexual assault.

      2. No one is good at it, Microaggressor.

      3. I’m not good at this.

        I think that’s a good thing. It means you’re not an irredeemable POS, unlike the retards who actually are good at this shit.

    3. I thought we couldn’t do ‘crazy’ anymore since it stigmatizes the mentally ill. (Especially if they aren’t doing their drugs)

  11. Monday (Tomorrow) – Team up to be Math Wizards – wear your favorite team jersey

    Tuesday – Crazy Good at Math – Crazy hair day

    Wednesday – “Math” Hatters! – Favorite hat

    Thursday – Amazing “Feets” of Math – Mismatched socks

    Friday – My Future with Math – Dress as your future career

    Imagine this world. Fucking schools.

  12. This just highlights the fact that public school is actually intended as a substitute for parenting, not preparation for an eventual career. An employer doesn’t care whether your parents do drugs, they care whether you do drugs and whether it impedes your job performance. If it does, they don’t lecture you, just fire you…which is a more valuable lesson than being lectured or taught to snitch on family members.

    1. Btw, is it possible that we’d have fewer deadbeat parents if the state didn’t subsidize daily babysitting? Otherwise, god forbid, parents would have to actually be involved in their kids lives.

    2. An idea reinforced by the idiots claimingbthatbthebteenaged girl thrown around and slammed like a rag doll by a cop “got what she deserved since her parents didn’t teach her respect for authority.”

  13. When I was in school back in the 1956 to 1969 timeframe, we were taught that one of the most horrible things about ‘the communists’ was how they even got children to rat out their parents.
    Now we’re teaching kids to rat out their parents.
    It’s still horrible, but apparently not very many of my cohort, or those who came after us, learned that lesson.

    1. When I was in school, roughly a decade after you, we were taught that cops are your friends, everything good in America comes from government, and “That’s just how it is” is a dispositive argument against all freedoms.

    2. THIS!!!!

      So now we are the Soviet Union. Oh wait, Libertarian moment and less people are dying of heart disease, and we are having less full scale world wide wars so things are just fine and dandy.

    3. Same here, Shirley. Americans also prided ourselves in how we could travel freely without an internal passport.

    4. “I cannot tell a lie Sturmbannfuehrer, there is a Jewish girl hiding in zat attic; ve must all do our duty, common good before ze individual good.” –Immanuel Kant

  14. BTW, I baby sat my grandson yesterday and there wasn’t any food available from mom. So I fed him banana, apple, Reece’s Cups, and Twizzlers. There, I said it, I am an animal.

    1. Quick, someone report this monster to CPS!

  15. You are absolutely wrong about this. Pre-schoolers need intensive anti-drug education so they can just say no to the kindergartner pushers. Ideally, all children would get prenatal anti-drug education.

  16. “Down with Big Brother!” Yes, I said that! Said it over and over again, it seems.
    Between you and me, old man, I’m glad they got me before it went any further. Do you
    know what I’m going to say to them when I go up before the tribunal? “Thank you,” I’m
    going to say, “thank you for saving me before it was too late.”

    ‘Who denounced you?’ said Winston.

    ‘It was my little daughter,’ said Parsons with a sort of doleful pride. ‘She listened at the
    keyhole. Heard what I was saying, and nipped off to the patrols the very next day. Pretty
    smart for a nipper of seven, eh? I don’t bear her any grudge for it. In fact I’m proud of her.
    It shows I brought her up in the right spirit, anyway.’ (Parsons, in Orwell’s 1984)

  17. I believe parents should care about children’s education and achievements of personhood from little up. Parents should do all their best to make a kid an intelligent and many sided person; but I’m convinced that kids must have childhood and it shouldn’t be wasted on acquiring skills they probably don’t want to have! Older kids should be taught different skills, that will help them success in the future or they won’t need to look for online essay writer. But little students should have more time for different games – that’s the best way for them to experience this world!

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