"Please tell me where in any public school cirricula it says students ought to use drugs????? Please be very specific! As a Catholic who spent 8 years on a public school board in a community where ther is no Catholic High School I want to see a very detailed response...."What am I? A reference clerk in a library? Your graduate student? Do your own research! Hehehehe....!
But this research is quite easy. Just look up "values clarification". These educational programs are experientially-based and inculcate in students the absolute centrality of autonomous moral choice. While being superficially intellectual, with endless dreary scientific-rationalistic descriptions of drug use and sexual behavior, oftentimes these programs use emotionalism to push a student into a particular direction, such as showing the horrors of botched back-alley abortions. Also, let's not forget that teens usually think of themselves as being bulletproof: to them, bad consequences are for other people; so there is only an upside to this new knowledge of sexual techniques and pharmaceuticals.
The biggest values-clarification program is most likely Drug Abuse Resistance Education, or D.A.R.E., which does not tell students not to use drugs, but rather that each student must make an informed, autonomous moral choice, and be consistent with his following through on his choice, while respecting and dialoging with those who have made other choices.
"The fact that some people use recreational drugs has led to experiential-based public school curricula telling students that they ought to use these drugs if they so choose."
Objectively speaking, recreationally using illegal drugs is either morally good, morally evil, or morally neutral. D.A.R.E specifically states that they do not portray drug use and violence as morally evil. As they specifically disclaim that these are moral evils, the only other choices are that teen drugs, sex, and violence are either morally neutral or morally good. If a student makes the autonomous choice that smoking crack cocaine is morally good, then to be fully consistent with this belief, in the absence of a higher moral good, he ought to do so, otherwise he is not truly following his newly-malformed conscience.
Jesus and the prophets preached morality, and not values clarification. These kind of autonomous moral choices contradict the Church's teaching on the formation of the conscience. And instead of dialoging with those who think evil is good, rather we ought to avoid the persons, places, and occasions of sin.
Please note that none of this ought to be taken to indicate that I think that I am morally superior to anyone else, nor that I myself live a moral life. I'm preaching to myself here. Alas, I'm a sinner and make all of the usual lazy excuses why I'm not a saint.