DISSING D.A.R.E : education as spectacle ( dissing dare )

Diane Nerwen

1997, 06:00 minutes, colour/B&W, English


D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) is a hyper-war waged on over 20 million children in the United States. Despite overwhelming evidence of it's educational ineffectiveness, D.A.R.E. has gained a religious following among educators and parents, and is the only federally funded drug education program. D.A.R.E.'s imagistic and psychological assault is based of the presence of uniformed gun toting officers in the classroom. While grounded in the specificity of D.A.R.E., Dissing D.A.R.E.: education as spectacle is an allegorical rant about the cultural dominance of image over substance, hysteria over reason.

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