June 4th, 2013
09:16 PM ET

Mississippi Gov. blames working moms for education woes

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant is finding himself in hot water tonight after this response to a question about how America became quote "so mediocre" when it comes to education.

Mississippi governor: Educational troubles began when ‘mom is in the workplace’ — VIDEO

"I think both parents started working, and the mom is in the workplace, it's not a bad thing and I'm going to get in trouble, I can see the emails tomorrow," Bryant said.

Well, Bryant doesn't even have to wait until tomorrow for the emails. Many are already upset.

OutFront tonight: CNN Contributors Reihan Salam and L.Z. Granderson.

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  1. dreddawn

    I don't think you can blame parents for the current state of public education. The economy is to blame...in order to maintain any standard of living in this country both parents must work. As a single mother I needed 2 jobs in order to stay off of public assistance and go to school at night to further my career. I grew up in the time when TV was free, my mom stayed at home, grandma babysat, and you could afford to move out at 18 yrs old. This "service economy"stinks!

    June 5, 2013 at 3:48 am | Reply
  2. kd

    I think the governor has to take his words back. As a full time mom, a full time physician I feel very offended. Yes, I do have a stay at home husband but he only does work as the babysitters would do, watch and feed our kids when I am at work or sleep. I work extensively nights and go home around 6am. I sleep until noon and wake up with "mom mode" in full gear. From teaching my five year old to read, write, doing math to practice violin and piano. I have to take her to the lessons, Taekwondo, YMCA, and any thing I want her to do before heading back to work in the evening. I also have to talk and go over school work with my 13 year old son. He is straight A student, playing violin at local youth philhamonic, golf, and basketball. Whatever happens in my family I call it determination and sacrification. If I don't have these qualities, my children is no where they are at now. By the way, I came to this country when I was 16 year old with out my parents. I lived with my 20 year old brother. We were struggling financially and we were the 47%.

    June 5, 2013 at 3:26 am | Reply
  3. D. Brooks

    As a middle school teacher of 17 years, I agree that family structure plays a major role in education. Whether it's both parents working, single parent homes, poor parenting, or lack of a stable home environment, any weakness in a child's home life equals a disadvantage in the classroom. Working moms may be part of the problem, but let's take a look at our morals, culture, and the complex world these kids are living in as well. Life in general is MUCH different for kids today than it was 30 years ago and our schools have a much steeper mountain to climb.

    June 5, 2013 at 12:16 am | Reply
  4. Michelle

    Education is suffering because of budget cuts. Teachers are forced to have more kids in a class and work with less money for resources. Working moms have nothing to do with educaton woes in the U.S.

    June 5, 2013 at 12:02 am | Reply

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