Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant said during a Washington Post Live forum on Tuesday morning that America’s educational troubles began when “mom got in the workplace.”
Bryant was among three governors and a number of state superintendents participating in the discussion this morning about third-grade reading retention.
Bryant acknowledged that his remarks would be controversial and that he would receive email about them. It immediately became a hot online topic.
His remarks came in response to a question about how America became to mediocre in regards to educational outcomes.
“I think both parents started working,” he said, according to the Washington Post. “The mom got in the work place.”
Bryant then expanded on his answer, also noting that America seemed to be falling behind other nations in education because other nations were investing more in their own school systems and making progress.