June 5, 2019

Calling For Comprehensive Civics Education To Be Restored to the School Curriculum

To the Editor:
Our next election to choose the president of the United States is on November 3, 2020. President Trump intends to run for re-election. He may face primary challengers, and the Democratic Party currently has 23 contenders for the nomination.
What does this mean to a new voter? How can a person who has just turned 18 make sense of this complex political scene?
The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan organization dedicated to promoting and protecting voting rights. In working closely this spring with Lawrence High School student leaders to register new Mercer County voters, we signed up to 50 new voters in one morning. Unfortunately, a significant number of students had little knowledge of what registration and voting are all about, perhaps because civics courses are rarely taught in New Jersey schools.
This letter is a call to action. We encourage school administrators, guidance counselors, teachers, students, and our state legislators to restore comprehensive civics education to the school curriculum and the educational experience.

Margaret Rich
Ewing Township
Marcia Steinberg
Lawrence Township
The League of Women Voters of
Lawrence Township