It seems I can’t win. Apparently if I am not screwing up education as a teacher, I’m doing it by being a working mom.
This past week, in a forum hosted by The Washington Post, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant announced that all the problems in education can be tracked back to women joining the work force.
The topic of the forum was child literacy, and Bryant’s initial response to a question about the US being so mediocre in the past few years was, “I think both parents started working. And the mom is in the work place.”
At least he realized what he said was
dumb controversial and commented that he would be getting emails for saying it, but he didn’t exactly back down when he clarified that “both parents are so pressured” in today’s world. He also backed down when questioned about whether or not he thinks it’s the mother’s job to teach kids to read.
Of course he doesn’t think that. He thinks teachers should do that.
Just not teachers who are also mothers who should be at home with their kids, right?
I know that the news outlets want us to see that his message is that because both parents are so busy with their careers, education is faltering because it’s hard to have involved parents.
But that is a stretch. I mean, as a teacher myself, I 100% agree that parent involvement is important, but working parents can still be involved with their kids.
After fumbling over how working moms make their kids dumb, Bryant also noted that the US isn’t doing as well as other countries because other nations have begun to invest more in their school systems and make more progress.
Yes, that’s right. After the Republican Governor said women in the workforce are the problem, he then said that other countries are better because they invest in their schools.
Maybe Governor Bryant, maybe the reason the US is falling behind is because we are not investing enough in our schools. I mean, if other countries are doing better because they are investing in their schools, it’s probably not women working that is making our schools go down hill. It’s probably LACK OF INVESTMENT AND SUPPORT FOR SCHOOLS AND TEACHERS.
Sorry for the yelling, but really. Why is it so dang hard to see how to logically connect dots? How to follow an “if…then” statement?
IF other countries do better with more investment in education THEN we should invest more in our schools too.
Really. It’s that simple.
Stop blaming teachers and women.
Start funding and supporting public education.