The Pearson Graduate: How Private Companies Are Profiting From Texas Public Schools

10/12/2011 03:58 pm ET | Updated Dec 12, 2011
  • Abby Rapoport Texas Observer

It's not hard to imagine Pearson's vision of utopia.

Pearson is a London-based mega-corporation that owns everything from the Financial Times to Penguin Books, and also dominates the business of educating American children. The company promotes its many education-related products on a website that features an idyllic, make-believe town. It's called Pearsonville, and it looks like the international conglomerate version of SimCity. In this virtual town, school buses whizz through tree-lined streets, and the city center features skyscrapers and a tram.

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