The impact of working moms on education

The impact of working moms on education

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - The governor of Mississippi is under fire for comments he made at an education forum in Washington D.C.
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - The governor of Mississippi is under fire for comments he made at an education forum in Washington D.C.  When asked by a Washington Post reporter the reason for America's so-called mediocre education system, Republican Phil Bryant said, "You want me to tell you the truth? You know, I think both parents started working and the mom is in the workplace."

Utah Higher education experts said that is not the case in Utah. In fact, right now more than 70 percent of Utah women with school age children work outside the home. According to Pamela Silverman, the communication director for the Utah System of Higher Education, it isn't work, but schooling that makes a difference.  She said, "All the research shows that the higher education level of the parents, the more likely a child is to do well in school, succeed in school, and go on to higher education."

Teachers agreed.  Liz Halloran, a teacher at Westland Elementary School in West Jordan said children of working moms perform just as well as others. "Their kids are just as well adjusted as any other child who is at home," she said. "Maybe they have less time, but the time seems to be more quality."

Halloran represents the Parent Teachers Association on the state PTA board.  She said spending quality time is key. In fact, the more parents spend working with their child and forging relationships with teachers, the better the result.

"I feel very strong about parent involvement in education." she said. "That's what it takes. That's all we need.  If they would be involved we would be successful."

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