Do you think that schools should randomly drug test their students? The authors of this article do not think so. They believe that random drug tests are costly and ineffective. Schools spend thousands of dollars to test all of their students, and it has been proven that they only find a few students who are using illegal drugs. The authors also argue that the standard test that is most commonly used is not able to detect all drugs. This means that overall the test is ineffective. They believe that drug testing indirectly encourages alcohol use because students who drink alcohol instead of using drugs will not get caught through the test. It does not detect alcohol or tobacco use. Random drug testing goes against the right to privacy. The authors believe that the solution of drug use should not be random tests but simply just education and prevention. Concerned parents and teachers should focus on the safety of their children rather than taking away their privacy. This makes children feel like they cannot be trusted.
The authors use logos to portray their argument. They use statistics and experiments to prove that random drug testing should be done away with. They also provide solutions to their argument rather than just overanalyzing the problem. They appeal to pathos when they mention how children feel like they are not trusted by adults these days.
Katel, Peter. “War on Drugs.” CQ Researcher 2 June 2006: 481-504. Web. 2 Aug. 2015.