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Pearson, ALEC, and the Brave New (Corporate) World:  Stand Up to Pearson Now!

(Note: We have revised our Boycott Pearson information for clarity and in order to add additional research – please use this version, posted April 29, 2012, when sharing.)

Supporters of Public Education,

The curtain has been pulled aside recently from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), exposing the seedy underbelly of our democracy. Organizations like ALEC circumvent the democratic process in favor of corporations. Financial resources are used to influence public officials and provide model legislation meant to easily pass through state houses of governance. Recent examples include infamous “Stand Your Ground” laws and others that seek to limit the voting rights of marginalized populations. Education reform legislation is also part of ALEC’s agenda, with substantial sponsorship from corporate funds to divert the flow of valuable taxpayer dollars away from public schools.

ALEC-inspired advocacy for public education reform typically follows a path to privatization; that is, viewing educational practices vis-à-vis economic and capitalist principles. Strict school choice models, vouchers, private charter management organizations, and the erosion of collective bargaining rights are all examples of the economic management of public education. As opposed to a valuable public good, certain entities prevalent in the education reform debate are forcing schools to motivate themselves by profit and competition. What it means to be an educated person (e.g., college and career ready), what is important to teach (e.g., common standards), and how success is measured (e.g., standardized tests) are currently under significant transformation without the thorough vetting via democratic processes. And with the frustration and confusion ensuing from rapid developments occurring behind closed doors, outside the public spotlight of democracy, there are large corporations conveniently present to sell us products that will solve all of our problems.

Pearson is one such entity that as of late always seems to be at the right place and precisely at the right time. In other words, just as new legislation is passed, as new educational mandates are set, Pearson is suddenly able to provide the legions of educators and school systems clamoring for some kind of answer with just the right product. How can this be? In recent years, this once relatively small publishing house turned itself into a massive provider of a range of educational products, from traditional print materials for the K-12 sector, higher education resources and technology solutions for public school systems. It is one thing to have various products to sell and to allow the marketplace to judge their success or failure. It is another matter to reorganize the rules so that Pearson products are all one needs to buy to satisfy a range of emerging Federal and State education mandates.

For better or for worse, education reform in the United States is largely controlled by legislation. It appears then that Pearson is successfully implementing a two-pronged approach: grease the democratic process in their favor so that certain rules must be followed and from the other side perfectly match their own products so they have exactly what can be bought to satisfy those requirements. Pearson, through connections to ALEC, has become the dominant provider of education resources and services in the K-12 and post-secondary markets. The following are some of the affiliations that made this perfect alignment possible:

  • Pearson acquired the Connections Academy, whose co-founder and executive VP is Mickey Revenaugh, is also the co-chair of the ALEC Education Task Force. In September of 2004, Connections Academy was sold to an investor group led by Apollo Management, L.P. In the fall of 2011, Pearson acquired Connections Education, establishing a leading position in the fast-growing virtual school segment and the opportunity to apply Connections Education’s skills and technologies in new segments and geographic markets.
  • According to Pearson’s website: “Pearson Education and the University of Phoenix (a subsidiary of Apollo Management Group), the largest private (for-profit) university in the United States announced a partnership which will accelerate the University’s move to convert its course materials to electronic delivery.” [emphasis added]. As such, Pearson will certainly provide the materials and the mode of transmission. It must also be stated here that many for-profit universities have been under investigation for student loan fraud and unethical recruitment practices. The CEO of AMG, Charles (Chaz) Edelstein, was Managing Director of Credit Suisse and Head of the Global Services group within the Investment Banking division, based in Chicago. He is also on the Board of Directors for Teach for America, which is a provider of temporary and inexperienced teachers and also frequently associated with corporate education reform. One prominent name in this regard is TFA alum Michelle Rhee, the failed former Chancellor of DC public schools.
  • America’s Choice was also recently acquired by Pearson. This organization is directly associated with the Lumina, Broad, and Walton Foundations, all active members of ALEC. They each promote so-called “innovations” that appeal to the corporate and for-profit mindset.
  • Bryan Cave, LLP is the lobbying firm for Pearson. Edward Koch is currently one of the partners at Bryan Cave. Edward Koch sits conveniently and comfortably on the board for StudentsFirst NY, a branch of the national initiative StudentsFirst, which is the brainchild of failed former Chancellor of DC public schools Michelle Rhee. It must also be stated that Rhee’s tenure is under a dark cloud of investigation for rampant test cheating and tampering in the district.
  • Pearson is contracted with Stanford University to deliver the Teacher Performance Assessment (TPA) to more than 25 participating states. According to Pearson’s website, “TPA is led by Stanford University, American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, and Pearson.” Furthermore, “Pearson’s electronic portfolio management system will support candidates, institutions of higher education, and state educational agencies by providing registration and account management services, submission of the portfolio for scoring and results reporting.” [emphasis added]. Pearson provides the administrative management skills and broad-based technology and delivery systems that will support the Teacher Performance Assessment (TPA) and bring it to a national scale. Stanford University’s Office of Technology Licensing (OTL) selected Pearson to provide these needed services for the TPA. Let it be known that the U.S. Dept. of Ed. is currently considering teacher preparation programs to be evaluated based on accountability measures similar to public schools.
  • Sir Michael Barber is the current Chief Education Advisor for Pearson. It is no secret that Mr. Barber is a powerful advocate for the free-market approach to education, including union busting, merit pay, and turning public schools into privately run charters.
  • Pearson contracts with Achieve to manage the PARCC assessments. Achieve is funded by Lumina, State Farm (both members of ALEC) and The Alliance for Excellence in Education (AEE). AEE chairman Bob Wise is a regular contributor to and participant with the ALEC educational agenda. Moreover, PARCC awarded Pearson a contract in January to develop a new Technology Readiness Tool, which will support state education agencies to evaluate and determine needed technology and infrastructure upgrades for the new online assessments. Pray tell, who will sell those upgrades?
  • The Tucker Capital Corporation acted as exclusive advisor to The American Council on Education (ACE) and Pearson on the creation of a groundbreaking new business that will drive the future direction, design, and delivery of the GED testing program.
  • The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) partners with a whole cast of other organizations that promote a corporate, anti-public education reform agenda. CCSSO Central “partners” include (among others) McGraw-Hill and Pearson. CCSSO Director Tom Luna works closely with Jeb Bush, whose associations with ALEC and corporate-reform are too numerous to mention.
  • GradNation is a special project of America’s Promise Alliance, sponsored by Alma and Gen. Colin Powell. Grad Nation sponsors include State Farm (ALEC), the Walton Foundation (ALEC), AT&T (on the corporate board of ALEC), The Boeing Company (ALEC), the Pearson Foundation and Philip Morris USA (ALEC). The GradNation Summit list of presenters reads like an ALEC yearbook.
  • Gen. Colin Powell sits on the Board of Directors for The Council for Foreign Relations, which issued an “Education Reform and National Security” report (co-chaired by Joel Klein and Condoleeza Rice, directed by Julia Levy). The report states, among other things, that: “The Task Force believes that though revamping expectations for students should be a state-led effort, a broader coalition … including the defense community, businesses leaders, the U.S. Department of Education, and others … also has a meaningful role to play in monitoring and supporting implementation and creating incentives to motivate states to adopt high expectations. The Defense Policy Board, which advises the secretary of defense, and other leaders from the public and private sectors should evaluate the learning standards of education in America and periodically assess whether what and how students are learning is sufficiently rigorous to protect the country’s national security interests.” [emphasis added].
  • According to Susan Ohanian: “In the introduction to the Education Reform and National Security report, Julia Levy, Project Director, thanks ‘the several people who met with and briefed the Task Force group including the U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Mary Cullinane formerly of Microsoft [Philadelphia School of the Future] [now Vice President of Corporate and Social Responsibility for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt], Sir Michael Barber of Pearson and David Coleman of Student Achievement Partners …’ They were briefed by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and Pearson.”
  • Pearson has partnered with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to create a series of digital instructional resources. In November 2011, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation gave ALEC $376,635 to educate and engage its membership on more efficient state budget approaches to drive greater student outcomes, as well as educate them on beneficial ways to recruit, retain, evaluate and compensate effective teaching based upon merit and achievement (the Gates Foundation recently withdrew its support for ALEC under the heat of public pressure). However, their billions of dollars still flow to other far-reaching organizations dedicated to dismantling public education.
  • The National Board of Professional Teaching Standards is a private-sector member of ALEC. Bob Wise (Chairman, of NBPTS) and Alliance for Excellent Education presented on “National Board’s Fund Initiative to Grow Great Schools” at the Education Task Force Meeting at the 2011 ALEC annual picnic. According to the NBPTS website, they “announced that it has awarded Pearson a five-year contract for the period 2009-2013 to develop, administer and score its National Board Certification program for accomplished teachers. Pearson will collaborate with NBPTS to manage its advanced teacher certification program in 25 certificate areas that span 16 subject areas.”
  • Pearson has also acquired partnerships with companies to deliver PARCC, SAT testing, GED testing, and was the central player (through Achieve) in the design of the National Common Core Standards. The GED Testing Service, while wholly owned by the American Council for Education, entered into a joint venture with Pearson to transform the GED for some 40 million adult Americans (one in five adults) lacking a high school diploma. This is an entirely new market.

Even with all of Pearson’s efforts, they are not the only game in town. McGraw-Hill is another publisher forging similar connections and making money hand over fist due to NCLB-mandated reading programs like Open Court and SRA Reading Mastery. Of course, after billions spent on Reading First and the McGraw-Hill materials, the federally funded evaluation of the program showed no increase in reading comprehension by third grade. McGraw-Hill is also one of the biggest test publishers in the U.S. and publishes the CTBS, the central competitor to Pearson’s illustrious SAT-10.

The legislation forced upon states to adopt the curriculum (i.e., the Common Core) and its required testing measures (i.e., PARCC) essentially eliminates the possibility of consumer choice (supposedly a key concept in free market ideology) and requires that taxpayer dollars for education be handed over to Pearson and McGraw-Hill as the sole providers of nearly all educational resources available to the schools. It is frightening that Pearson, profiting billions from public education, is simultaneously operated by and sponsors organizations that promote the destruction of public education. It is essentially forcing the public to pay for the demise of its own education system.

It is possible that Pearson and its allies will deny and attempt to refute the information bulleted above. Perhaps the magnitude of their efforts will project the magnitude of their guilt. Whatever the semantics here, if a connection is really an association, if ownership is actually sponsorship, or if partnership actually means membership, it is interesting and coincidental that the above cast of characters constantly find themselves associated with each other. Additionally, the common friend to all seems to be Pearson.

If Pearson is truly interested in profit, as all corporations typically are, then consumer pressure is the best way to be heard. We at United Opt Out National are calling on everyone to take a stand against Pearson by doing any or all of the following:

  • Refuse to buy their materials or adopt them in your courses or for personal use.
  • Bring these concerns to local PTAs, school boards and libraries.
  • If required to use Pearson products due to professional obligations, do so under public protest.
  • Promote the use of ACT rather than SAT, as SAT is a Pearson product.
  • Inform Pearson of your actions.
  • If you are in higher education, discuss your concerns with your local Pearson representative, informing them that for these purposes you are not going to adopt their materials in any of your courses.

Raise public awareness so the brakes can be put on this madness. Please see our sample letter at the end of this research document, which you are encouraged to share so that others may refuse Pearson products.

Sincerely,

United Opt Out National

Pearson Boycott Letter

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68 thoughts on “BOYCOTT PEARSON NOW”

  1. Myles Hoenig on April 30, 2012 at 12:03 am said:I will do all I can to inform my colleagues in K-12, community college, and the entire ESOL discipline throughout the US, of this boycott.

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  2. barbara madeloni on April 30, 2012 at 12:41 am said:At UMass Amherst 67 of 68 student teachers in the Secondary teacher Education program have opted out of the Pearson-Stanford field test- (the 1 student is actually looking to opt out after talking with her peers). The solidarity we have experienced around this is so inspiring. Teacher educators-connect with me via facebook and let’s work to refuse the TPA next year.

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    • Nancy McMillan on June 5, 2012 at 1:16 am said:This is an astonishing set of events. I commend you for your courage. Let us form the alliances we need to chart a different direction. Please keep me posted!

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  3. Jim Horn on April 30, 2012 at 12:45 am said:Nice piece of work! Thanks.

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  4. Tiffany Taylor on April 30, 2012 at 12:51 am said:DONE!

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  5. Teacher Who Needs to Remain Anonymous on April 30, 2012 at 1:02 am said:I work in a district that uses Pearson curriculum resource called “Reading Street”. We just received new books from Fountas and Pinnell that I plan to use in my classroom in lieu of the Pearson curriculum.

    I am going rogue. I will not purchase ANYTHING from Pearson for my classroom either! Don’t JUST boycott Pearson, but also boycott Microsoft, for they PARTNER in Common Core. Did you know that with Common Core, assessments and “teaching to the test” are expected to increase 20 fold per Stephen Krashen? http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/living-in-dialogue/2012/04/stephen_krashen_testing_and_te.html

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  6. Jeff Frank on April 30, 2012 at 1:20 am said:It is like teaching with your hands behind your back!

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  7. Bob Valiant on April 30, 2012 at 1:45 am said:Great piece of work. The time is now!
    Sign the Letter to Obama as well: http://dumpduncan.org

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    • marlene on October 19, 2012 at 3:56 am said:The time is now! I have taught first and second for 15 years. I love teaching, but do not like what teaching has become. I am frustrated because I do not teach…I read from a script provided by Scott Forseman Reading Street. Even though I have a Masters Degree in Education I am not allowed to vary from the script. Children are frustrated. We have more discpline issues than ever before. PLEASE stop the insanity and let teachers TEACH. Big business and government do not know what is best for children. We the teachers are not the enemy.

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  8. Amy Orvis on April 30, 2012 at 2:26 am said:It brings me great pleasure to boycott Pearson. Our district was forced to use their “Reading Street” series last year by our Broad Academy superintendent (thank God she is gone!). The program was the antithesis on what is best practice in teaching reading. Following that disgusting program (which I stealthily DID NOT), would turn any would-be lover of literature into a non-reader. Exactly their plot, however, so the students would do poorly on the standardized tests (another thing to be boy-cotted), and they could then sell us “prescriptive programs” to show student “success” on the tests they help create. SICK!

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  9. Gavin Luter on April 30, 2012 at 3:02 am said:This is disgraceful. Thank you for putting this together.

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  10. Janine Sopp on April 30, 2012 at 3:51 am said:You’d better believe we will boycott!

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  11. Jeff Nichols on April 30, 2012 at 5:28 am said:My wife and I already are keeping our children home from any standardized tests. Thanks for this incredibly informative article. We will also now promote this boycott at our children’s schools and wherever we can in our city.

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  12. Nancy Flanagan on April 30, 2012 at 1:56 pm said:Thanks for an incredibly good synopsis of the damage done by Pearson, ALEC et al. Will share widely.

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  13. Rosalyn Baxandall on April 30, 2012 at 2:06 pm said:I just want to sign letter, get no emails.

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  14. Dave Greene on April 30, 2012 at 2:29 pm said:Education Nation this!

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  15. Bernard L. Stein on April 30, 2012 at 2:48 pm said:Pearson publishes one of the leading introduction to journalism textbooks. I’ll urge my colleagues to look elsewhere.

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  16. R Kulesz on April 30, 2012 at 3:55 pm said:Absolutely– the level of corruption is staggering but perhaps that also means that, with concerted, strategic grass-roots efforts, the corporate reform system is also vulnerable to collapse.

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  17. Michele Gray on April 30, 2012 at 6:34 pm said:Pearson is bad for education.
    “In 2001, Pearson’s CEO at the time, Peter Jovanovich, told a gathering of Wall Street investors that the No Child Left Behind Act “almost reads like our business plan” (Education Week, 2/21/01). “As envisioned by the company,” Education Week reported, “students will use Pearson textbooks and take tests produced and scored by the company. Teachers and administrators will track student achievement on Pearson school software. And parents will check on their children’s progress on a school Web site developed by Pearson.” At the time, one investment analyst called Pearson “the 800-pound gorilla” in the education market.”
    http://blog.buzzflash.com/node/12464

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  18. Mark Naison on April 30, 2012 at 10:49 pm said:This is an incredibly important document because it reveals the linkages that have created an emerging Peason monopoly in testing and curricular materials that rivals what Standard Oil achieved in its industry during its heyday. But where is the media outcry about this. Where is the political upheaval to challenge this challenge to democracy practice as well as sound education policy? Because the political leadership in both parties has been bought off, it is up to us to create the outcry though traditional and unconventional means. I am so proud of my brothers and sisters in United Opt Out not only for their courage, but for the great research they do which sows the seeds of an alternative narrative!

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  19. Mariah Betz Andrews on May 1, 2012 at 2:18 pm said:Please more about what the Iowa governor and education department are trying to do to set the stage for Pearson to take over in this once-leading education state: http://unifyforeducation.weebly.com/2/post/2012/04/the-branstad-blueprint-is-price-lab-just-the-first-in-a-string-of-the-education-reform-tragedies.html

    This is happening all over the country and this boycott is a great step in the direction of a huge public outcry. Let’s take our education back!

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  20. Demian on May 1, 2012 at 7:38 pm said:It’s time to put the public back in public education. There can be a role for private companies, but we must ensure it’s in the public interest. The petition is a good step in this direction.

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  21. Kris Alman on May 2, 2012 at 8:49 pm said:Alan Singer has another stellar piece that connects the dots.
    Beware the Education–Industrial Complex
    http://hnn.us/articles/beware-education–industrial-complex

    The profiteers are the uber-wealthy whose power and fortune derive from inherited knowledge and wealth. They blame anyone but themselves for America’s decline as they twist the tax and regulatory codes in their favor.

    We must pull the plug on vulture capitalism!

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  22. anne e. levin garrison on May 4, 2012 at 2:03 am said:it was not that long ago that teachers, as any other professionals, were the first line in quality control over books and resources for their classrooms.
    now just as health insurance companies dictate to doctors, edu-corporations dictate to teachers.
    time to stop big business from robbing and ruining our country.
    thanks for this.

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  23. Conny Jensen on May 5, 2012 at 6:22 am said:“Gen. Colin Powell sits on the Board of Directors for The Council for Foreign Relations, which issued an “Education Reform and National Security” report (co-chaired by Joel Klein and Condoleeza Rice, directed by Julia Levy)”

    You need to know that the Council for Foreign Relations forms a sinister triad with the Trilateral Commission and Bilderberg; all these organizations were initiated by the global elite.

    Note: “Today CFR has about 5,000 members, which over its history have included senior serving politicians, more than a dozen Secretaries of State, former national security officers, bankers, lawyers, professors, former CIA members and senior media figures”

    Watch this clip of Dick Cheney talking at a meeting of the CFR: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XOAk-7F1EVU

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  24. Liza Womack on May 5, 2012 at 10:55 am said:Thank you for this. Now that I have settled into my new home, and have internet, I will get on sending this one around!

    Keep on.

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  25. Matthew Brooks on May 5, 2012 at 1:05 pm said:Indiana will do its part. Boycott McGraw Hill too!

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  26. Kim Barron on May 8, 2012 at 2:46 am said:Pearson is evil.

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  27. CMR on May 8, 2012 at 5:28 am said:Not only is this outrageous and unacceptable with regard to the billions of dollars Pearson is wresting from our school budgets (in essence, stealing money from students/classrooms), it is all the more so with regard to the quality of Pearson’s work (read “Pineapple” Question!).
    And, not only are questions (as well as answers) on existing state tests an exercise in the absurd, test scoring is the bottom of the barrel. Now is the time to revisit (or to read, if you haven’t already)Todd Farley’s 2009 nonfiction book, Making the Grades: My Misadventures in Standardized Testing (242 pp, PoliPointPress, paperback, $16.95). It is
    a well-written, hilarious (yet heartbreaking when you consider the consequences of the folly) expose of test scoring, with an unbelievable (but, sadly, true) cast of characters. People scoring writing tests who don’t understand English; a state ed. person who doesn’t like the results, so she changes the way the scorers score them in order to get the numbers she wanted. “If Roseanne wanted to change the way we’d been scoring–standardization be damned!–then change it we would. We would give more 3′s, which is what we did.”
    This book confirmed the worst fears of my colleagues & I: when we’d pull out (Pearson) reading comp. long-form test answer samples (for test prepping), we’d be aghast at the scores given the samples. “How could this one have received a 6 while this one only earned a 3, and it was MUCH better than the first one?!” Farley’s book answers that question and more!

    Kinda makes you wonder who’s going to be evaluating those 10-minute videos.

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  28. Amie Caster on May 8, 2012 at 11:35 pm said:What the boards, states and companies are doing to education is an outrage!! Why are they making teachers the bad guys….I went into education because I thought it was rewarding and I love children but honestly I can’t take the stress of what these people have done to us!

    A colleague of mine said it best…the state politicians, and these companies are placing blame on the teachers for poor student performance based on one silly test that in the real world means nothing! My friend said look at it like this…do we blame our dentists when we get a cavity? Do dentists get fired because you walked in the door with a with gum disease? Do our dentists get a bad evaluation if we get another cavity? NO!!! The same should go for our profession. It is not the teachers fault. The state has no idea what children are dealing with in their lives today and I feel that everything I have done with my children has taught them to become a part of this world as a professional.

    I am seriously considering of getting out of teaching all together…I can’t live my life under this kind of stress anymore and frankly I believe that if the states and companies keep taking us down this road teaching with be the profession with the highest suicide rate…….

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  29. Karen Horwitz on May 10, 2012 at 1:38 am said:In my book White Chalk Crime: The REAL Reason Schools Fail, I described the questionable motives of corporate America. I did not know or write about Pearson. My guess is that it was just a seed at that time that has now blossomed into a huge willow that will make children and parents weep. It was only a question of time before the forces of greed would organize and suck out money for themselves in a more efficient manner than described in my book. Unfortunately so few have figured out the game going on in our schools that an organization such as Pearson can flourish. Some of us have been trying to educate the public and point out the link between the intentional disposal of quality teachers, failing schools and money. When schools fail they fall right into the hands of these corporate EducRAT$. Abusing dedicated teachers to replace them with lightweight political players is the path to success for them. It kills two birds with one stone: helps the schools fail, giving them justification for an alternative path to success. It is an uphill battle to teach what is going on but EndTeacherAbuse.org, WhiteChalkCrime.com and my book have been doing their best to help the public understand what is happening and what needs to be done! It is ironic that what is needed to get our schools back is an education in the very special corruption inflicted upon our schools, or what I call White Chalk Crime.

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  30. Sally Merlo on May 10, 2012 at 1:41 am said:STOP the insane testing of our students, and let’s get back to the business of EDUCATING them!

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  31. Elizabeth Annarino on May 12, 2012 at 5:01 pm said:Pearson, taking the lead in making our children commodities! Cramming crappy texts and horrible tests into the classroom. This is a resource grab, children and their intellect are the commodity. Pearson and McGraw Hill, I cordially uninvite you into our lives.

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  32. Leigh Griffith on May 13, 2012 at 2:43 am said:As for me and my family we choose to BOYCOTT PEARSON!!

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  33. Mary Sormanti on May 18, 2012 at 1:50 am said:Parent of 3rd grader at PS 87. No more high stakes testing of any kind!

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  34. Lisa Lerner on May 19, 2012 at 12:47 pm said:If Pearson wants to use our kids/teachers to take field tests for their financial gain, they should pay them for their time.

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  35. Khem Irby on May 20, 2012 at 1:18 am said:No more useless testing. Where’s the added-value? Where’s the money that was wasted?

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  36. Maria Guerrero on June 10, 2012 at 5:06 pm said:I oppose Pearson and its testing propaganda and the way it has infiltrated the public education system of Chicago . Teachers have had enough of this wrong-headed testing that helps NO ONE but Pearson to make a profit .

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  37. Pop on August 19, 2012 at 7:04 pm said:The GED seems to not care, I paid for the GED test and you mean to tell me I can`t keep my scores after 2014? I studed really hard for the test just to lose my ged scores after 2014 :( this is unfare… Hello there I`m trying to get my GED but Ged testing service doesn`t seem to care I wrote an email to them but no reply.
    “Hello, I have a learning disability I`m a slow learner, I need moer time to learn everything than a year and a half.”

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  38. Cody McCarty on August 29, 2012 at 12:10 am said:I Hate Pearson

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  39. Mary Osborne on September 9, 2012 at 6:18 am said:I detest Pearson.

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  40. Marguerite Brown on October 13, 2012 at 8:34 pm said:It’s amazing what I did not know!! Is the Rachel Maddow Show aware of these backroom deals???!!!

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  41. McCoy Pauley on February 7, 2013 at 8:56 pm said:Once again, the politicians sell out your children to a corporation (and not even an American corporation, at that!), and the media is silent. You deserve what’s coming, America.

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  42. Nursing Student on March 5, 2013 at 2:11 am said:Pearson is full of sugar honey iced tea.

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  43. RVP on March 25, 2013 at 3:09 am said:Some of us had been wondering about the encroachment of the Pearson Group into the State Education Department of New York State. The teachers in the Upstate area find themselves hamstrung by the dictates of this group. We do not understand why NYSUT took all these calmly and supported the Governor without making any fight. In my former school, the Union representation did not help good teachers, but was more helpful to those who did wrongs. I am not in the fray any more. But, I feel as if education as I knew it is disappearing in front of my eyes. Why the educators across the nation and the parents are not appearing to be perturbed

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  44. Ken Previti on March 28, 2013 at 9:44 pm said:Parents have the power to opt-out for their children. We need to educate them as we spread the word. -Ken (Teachers Laugh)

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  45. Brian on April 12, 2013 at 4:18 pm said:Sounds like the start of the second American Revolution. Lets when the country back. Put control back into the hands of the 90 percent. Every governor, mayor, senator, and representative should be fired. That is the proposal for turning around a school. Lets turnaround our government. You are all fired, you too Obama, and you could apply with the rest of us for your jobs back.

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  46. GT on April 13, 2013 at 1:39 pm said:Pearson only cares about Pearson…The tests they make are not designed to assess and help the kids; rather, the students are testing the test to help the corporation. NYSED’s commissioner put of a video yesterday stating that they (state ed.) expects test results to go down. Well, teachers will be blamed for the drop in scores and Pearson will rush in like a empathetic hero with materials, conferences, and software to help “save education.” Tell as many people as you can about this…the real heroes are in the trenches of the classroom each day sincerely helping kids. Don’t buy anything from Pearson and continue to spread the word about these guys.

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  47. Terry Wall on April 13, 2013 at 9:11 pm said:Private sector control of our public schools and their curriculums is not good for giving our students a well-rounded education. The public schools need to remain FIRMLY in the public’s hands.

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  48. Bill Hendrick on May 7, 2013 at 6:52 pm said:It is time to trust our educators to develop fair and accurate (and working) assessments.

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  49. Jacqueline Anner on May 9, 2013 at 11:59 am said:The current testing philosophy does not support my children’s educational goals. In fact, it is a hindrance to the learning process and stifles innovation.

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    • Laura on November 7, 2013 at 3:43 pm said:I agree. We in CT haven’t gone to CORE yet. As the parent of a child with ADHD, these standardized tests just make him feel inferior when in reality he’s pretty smart, just having reading issues. I hate these tests. Might see about opting out if possible.

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  50. Quazi Moto on September 21, 2013 at 9:53 pm said:Boycott Pearson. They are doing more than educational damage. They are forcing you to agree to their terms by hijacking assignments and tests. Their agreement terms states that you agree to let them collect, store, and distribute information on you and from your isp indefinitely. Educators and employees of any educational institution should be very leary of Pearson. When educational institutions were getting shut down and horrendous cuts were made in the education system, Pearson made millions beyond millions of dollars. Educators and educational institution employees need to fight for their jobs. Students and parents need to fight for their right to privacy and personal security. If you don’t believe it, ask for budget data from your state education department, review the agreement policy on pearson learning websites, and search pearson publishing complaints on the web.

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  51. James on October 23, 2013 at 2:19 am said:Let’s bring this pig of a company DOWN!

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  52. Mychael on October 26, 2013 at 2:23 am said:Search NY Times.com: Pearson Education under investigation since 2011. It is a travesty that this NYSAG investigation has languished for years. Pearson Education out of our nation, I mean classroom.

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  53. Betty Peters on October 28, 2013 at 6:22 am said:Pearson is a partner in ACT’s ASPIRE suite of assessments. So what are you going to use for assessments? They have their fingers into EVERYTHING.

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  54. Janet on October 30, 2013 at 3:12 pm said:Can anyone provide some suggestions on alternative texts? Pearson products have flooded the market. It’s hard to find suitable alternatives. If we had some lists of competitors to Pearson products that might really help parents and educators to evaluate them and advocate for the ones they thought were most appropriate.

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  55. Matthew Bryte on November 22, 2013 at 7:48 pm said:How can an opinion question be wrong, 40% my ass ! it like having a teacher than a lazy teacher that give you a book and say do 1-20 and not even understand the contents of the crap they are spewing out. No college should have this even if “its greener than paper”

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    • Matthew Bryte on November 22, 2013 at 7:50 pm said:and the support team is rap to i was on the line 6 hours and never got to talk to anyone. live chat 2 hours. and it had to take the luck of being chosen to rate them to get an answer back from my email that didn’t help me anyway!

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  56. R Allan on November 22, 2013 at 11:28 pm said:Interesting. I’m doing an adult training course in the UK and the Pearson electronic portfolio site is VERY badly designed. Not user friendly at all and now full of ‘glitches’. While wondering if this was the best site the provider could find, I then noticed the textbook publisher is owned by Pearson and then realised that many of my children’s UK school learning materials are also Pearson. Got suspicious, which led me to here! I’m not liking what I’m seeing :/

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  57. Robert Leabo on December 24, 2013 at 3:02 am said:Get this horribly frustrating company OUT OF AMERICAN Education! There’s no place for them here!

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  58. Paula Meyer on January 5, 2014 at 2:10 am said:I wouldn’t touch anything from Pearson.

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  59. Justin Thomas on January 17, 2014 at 9:42 pm said:As a teacher in the Howard County Public School System, I fully support this boycott. Pearson is a company dedicated to profits, not quality education.

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  60. Julie Anderson on February 3, 2014 at 2:23 pm said:This is a great idea!

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  61. Jennifer on February 7, 2014 at 10:23 pm said:Pearson? More like Propaganda!

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  62. Marcia on March 25, 2014 at 2:37 pm said:I wish I had an alternative to Pearson. In my state they have bought onto it hook, line, and sinker; and that is what I am afraid we are all going to do is sink her. If we get any score lower than accomplished on our evaluations, we can be fired. We are losing our seniority so it doesn’t matter how long we have taught, we can be fired just because our evaluation doesn’t show that we included world – wide comparisons in our lesson that day. I have less than 5 years left and I wonder if it is worth even trying to retire. They will probably can me a week before I retire so that I lose everything. Pearson has wormed his way through every aspect on education and I am truly concerned for our future.

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