As president of the League of Women Voters South County, I would like to thank Mr. Tony Lementowicz, chair, Social Studies Department, Westerly High School, and Devyn Hetu, Westerly High senior and League student member, as well as the teachers and superintendents from South Kingstown, Narragansett and Chariho for their participation in the League’s program “The State of Civics Education” March 28th.
On the 100th anniversary of the League of Women Voters in Rhode Island, it is fitting for the League to focus on one of its primary goals — citizen education in civics and government. We are living in a time of information overload resulting from the internet, political polarization, and accusations of “fake news,” making it more important than ever for organizations such as the League to promote civics education for the next generation of voters.
It is exciting that there is a renewed interest in civics education in the state with the recent reconstitution of the Rhode Island Civic Learning Coalition and the Legislative Commission on Civics Education.
The video of the full League program may be viewed at https://youtu.be/TiNVOtBXii8.
Nina P. Rossomando
The writer is president of the League of Women Voters South County.