Youth and Drugs--Guidelines for Teachers

Wolk, Donald J.
December 1969
Education Digest;Dec1969, Vol. 35 Issue 4, p41
The article presents guidelines for teachers to deal with problems associated with youth and drugs. Drug usage is a topic which often causes teachers to feel uncomfortable and defensive. Contradictory theories, inconclusive research, and uncertain facts are plentiful. Moreover, the teacher is weighted down with the task of telling students to stay away from drugs, not to educate them about the effects of drugs on individuals and society. He is in a straitjacket of administrative and parental pressures, a difficult position if one is to educate in an unbiased manner. Yet one-sided scare tactics are all too often ineffective, especially with youngsters who have already used drugs or are still walking the fence. In as much as drugs are influencing the structure of society, the topic is of special significance for the social studies class. Emphasis must be on individual attitudes, societal values, changing styles of life, and implications for the future. It is well to consider that the major influence on an individual's use of drugs is the peer group.


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