Mississippi GOP Governor: Working Mothers Are the Root of America’s Educational Problems (VIDEO)

This Tuesday, Mississippi’s GOP Governor Phil Bryant said that the growing number of working mothers are the root of America’s educational troubles.

Appearing in a Washington Post Live discussion with three other particiants, moderator Mary Jordan asked how America’s educational outcomes have become “so mediocre.” Bryant was the first to respond.

“I think both parents started working,” Bryant said. “The mom got in the work place.”

The governor, soon realizing the controversial nature of his answer, quickly clarified the response, stressing the role of parents in education.

“In today’s society parents are so challenged,” he said. “They’re working overtime.”

Listen to Governor Phil Bryant’s comments in the video below.



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    Bob Cull

    June 4, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    My parents both worked, as a matter of fact for my first 12 years or so not only did they both work but we ran a small milking herd on a leased farm, and my sisters and I did just fine in school. As far as having the time to work and nurture goes that is a crock as well, my parents were both very loving and nurturing to us. This guy is just another example of how far out of touch with reality the GOP has become.

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    Eric Brown

    June 5, 2013 at 1:26 am

    I think he was careful…he may actually believe that it is women in the workplace that cause the problem but your article is more than a bit unfair to what he actually said.

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    Ann Cummings

    June 5, 2013 at 3:16 am

    Bob, I agree entirely. Both of my parents worked too, and both were loving, kind and nurturing, and taught me to be the same. My school difficulties arose from the fact I was bored during a lot of school. I grew up in Mississippi in the 60s and, for the most part, the schools were okay, I just wasn’t interested in a lot of the subject matter. But I consider myself fairly well educated and I read voraciously.

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    June 5, 2013 at 3:16 am

    What is wrong with our education is that funding has been cut year after year for the last 3 decades. Our children are our future and they deserve a good education We list at 37th in the world for our education. In denmark the university is not only free,. they give the students 900 a month till they graduate. Here, our ‘loving and caring GOP-sarcasm- voted to double the amount of interest and although they tried to deny it(I read the bill) they raised it to a high of 10% interest and they made dramatic cuts to education. Wake up people and vote these people out of office in every state and in our federal government.

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    Hypo Crites

    June 5, 2013 at 3:22 am

    Somebody needs to let governor Bryant know that most of the Welfare cases in this county concentrate in the South, where half of mothers don’t work, so they can spend time teaching their kids about morals, the bible and how to love(and hate) each other, yet when it comes to education, they sit in the bottom of the charts.

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    June 5, 2013 at 7:52 am

    and why is it that both parents have to work overtime to make ends meet? could it possibly have anything to do with politicians putting the greed of corporations over the needs of the working class? forcing people to take a second or third job because minimum wage has not kept up with inflation while ceo’s get bonuses after our taxpayer’s dime bail them out? or because the sequester cuts important social programs that provide basic needs to poorer families while longer lines at airports just can’t be tolerated? (oh, the horror)… meanwhile, the administration and others pat themselves on the back for the “jobs recovery” which we all know isn’t much of a recovery when new jobs created only pay a fraction of what the jobs that were lost paid… so over this two party bs.

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    T m

    June 5, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    America became mediocre because of both parents working? Well we both have to work to stay afloat because costs are rising, the economy is horrible and parents aren’t receiving massive amounts of earnings for a hard day at work like you get!

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    Bob Cull

    June 5, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    I think you should watch the video again, Eric, and this time pay careful attention to what he actually did. What he started to say, I think, is much more in line with his actual thoughts on the subject. He realized quickly what he was saying and tried to do some damage control on the fly but the cat was already out of the bag. What he tried to say while avoiding saying it outright was that women should be at home making and raising babies. Weasel words don’t make that any more palatable.

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