June 5th, 2013
03:45 PM ET

Working moms blamed for education woes?

(CNN) - What makes the United States "so mediocre when it comes to education?"

When that loaded question was posed to Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant, he said he thinks it's because both parents are working - "mom is in the workplace." ("It's not a bad thing," he added after making his initial point.)

What do you think of Bryant's response? What changes in education have you noticed as more women entered the workforce? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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  1. Minnie Mouse

    Have you looked at the costs of living in our country?? Families need the added income just to survive. Children thrive better when they have parents that are actively involved in work, with the kids school and social activites. What's iwrong with our countries schools are that we are limiting our childrens access to culture, arts, music, physical activities and everything is being replaced with technology. Ou children need to know what his or her intuitive skills and talents are along with real interpersonal relationship skills. We are not giving our children the education that they deserve by putting all of the emphases and funds into technology. Our childrens schools should be safe,well equipped, and clean. There's not enough security and lighting, thousands do not have underground storm/tornado shelters, there's always parking issues (never enough

    June 6, 2013 at 12:22 pm |
    • Minnie Mouse

      Computer glitch, was not finished. Sorry! There's to much homework for these children to where they can't even be children. No one working person should have to come home to 1 to sometimes 3 hours of homework each night. If some students can get the work done then the school need to make sure all children complete the omework in class and not bringing it home. We can't blame working parents for anything but making sure the children have what they need, that's why parents go to work. Good education is something needed and income to provide for them is needed.

      June 6, 2013 at 12:37 pm |
  2. Just Curious

    I'm a working mom. Both of my children graduated high school with honors, completed a number of college credits, and lettered in 2 varsity sports. Additionally, the older child graduated college with the top honor in his area at his university. He accomplished this in 7 semesters rather than the traditional 8 while playing 4 seasons of NCAA DII soccer. He was the male scholar athlete 3 years in a row. The younger child is on course to graduate in December with honors; she too will complete in only 7 semesters. During her enrollment, she played NCAA DII softball and was president of her Student Athlete Advisory Council. My point is this: the problem is NOT that many mothers work outside the home. The problem is that too many families do not place the proper emphasis on the value of an education and insure the effort is made to achieve.

    June 6, 2013 at 11:16 am |