Working Moms Are to Blame...Really?

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Registered: 11-13-2008
Working Moms Are to Blame...Really?
Wed, 06-05-2013 - 5:08pm

Talk about having to do some fast backtracking:

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant (R) said Tuesday that America’s educational troubles began when women began working outside the home in large numbers.

Bryant was participating in a Washington Post Live event focused on the importance of ensuring that children read well by the end of third grade. In response to a question about how America became “so mediocre” in regard to educational outcomes, he said:

I think both parents started working. And the mom is in the work place.

Bryant immediately recognized how controversial his remark would be and said he knew  he would start to get e-mails. He then expanded on his answer, saying that “both parents are so pressured” in families today.

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Huffington Post blogger, Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, had a good response to it.  She said that it's not the working moms to blame, it's the lack of support of working moms:

What do you think of both of their positions?


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Registered: 11-28-1999
Tue, 06-18-2013 - 9:23pm

I haven't heard anyone use the term "broken home" meaning children who live with only one parent in many years--it's outdated for a reason.  It stigmatizes people who are divorced or single parents.  Yes, I'm divorced and work full time (out of necessity, but I also worked full time when I was married),  Oh and my kids are at the top of their class, National Honor Society, etc.  I think a lot of it depends on the parents' attitude toward education and the education of the parents themselves.  Since I have a graduate degree, I value education--I could also help out my kids with their school if needed (except maybe when they got to calculus), proofread their papers, discuss ideas, etc.  Reading was also a priority--we read books every night before bed and both my kids could read before they went to kindergarten.  So obviously having both parent working has nothing to do with whether their children are doing well in school or not.