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: 10-23-2001
Thu, 06-06-2013 - 8:17am

More than just observations I imagine. 

If you were to poll teachers I think you'd hear similar things..  A lot of problems in education are b/c of hands off parents, broken homes and parents that just don't care.