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Faltering Pearson CEO Faces Stockholder Protests

Alan Singer | Posted 05.05.2017 | Education
Alan Singer

What do you do with your CEO when your company loses record amounts of money and the value of its stock drops precipitously? Well if you are Pearson E...

Pearson Profits Sag, Stock Plummets, U.S. President Sacked, and More Pearson Blues

Alan Singer | Posted 08.08.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

In January 2015, Jennifer Reingold wrote an article for Fortune magazine that she titled, "Everybody Hates Person." Here are some more reasons why to ...

Opt-Out Group Demands Parents be Told Their Rights

Alan Singer | Posted 03.30.2017 | Education
Alan Singer

On Wednesday, March 30, at a press conference scheduled for New York City Hall, a coalition of opt-out groups will demand that School Chancellor Carme...

Pearson and TFA: Both Making Cuts; Both Spinning Similar Language

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 03.28.2017 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

In January 2016, Pearson announced that it would be cutting 4,000 jobs (roughly ten percent of its workforce) in a the second "restructuring" (a euphe...

Pearson GERM in the Philippines Is a Scare Story for the Rest of the World

Alan Singer | Posted 11.22.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

Pasi Sahlberg, Finnish educator and researcher and a visiting professor at the Harvard University School of Education, calls the Global Educational Re...

Competency-Based Education's Sales Pitch Of Epic Proportions

Peter Greene | Posted 11.19.2016 | Education
Peter Greene

People are demanding to be released from the tyranny of the annual BS Test. And somehow, test manufacturers are going to try to look like heroes for offering even larger doses of what test opponents are trying to escape. Instead of of narrow, crappy data once a year, we'll be harvesting crappy data every day.

Pearson and Partners Pay in L.A.

Alan Singer | Posted 10.19.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

In April 2015, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) announced that it was canceling its agreement to install Pearson software on the 40,000 Apple iPads it distributed to students at a cost of $768 each. The entire LAUSD project has been a fiasco from the start.

Why Progress for Girls Can't Wait

Up For School | Posted 10.14.2016 | Education
Up For School

They might not use that word, but when the mum talks of her little girl being able to read the books she was never able to, when the teenager dreams of being the first in her family to go to university, and when the young woman refuses to see a glass ceiling to her career... that is progress.

Pearson Unloads $731 Million Stake In The Economist

The Huffington Post | Gabriel Arana | Posted 08.12.2015 | Media

In a move the company says will strengthen its editorial independence, The Economist Group announced Wednesday that it would buy back 5 million of its...

Why America Demonizes its Teachers -- Part 5: What's Wrong With Standardized Testing?

Frank Breslin | Posted 07.23.2016 | Education
Frank Breslin

No other advanced nation in the world evaluates its teachers on test scores or subjects it children to relentless testing and calls it "education"! Why, then, does America? The answer is simple -- there's money in it!

Pearson Reportedly Plans To Sell The Financial Times Newspaper

Reuters | Jade Walker | Posted 07.23.2015 | Media

British publisher Pearson (PSON.L) has decided to sell the Financial Times newspaper to a global, digital news company, a person familiar with the dea...

Pearson Takes Big Hit in Continuing War Over Common Core

Alan Singer | Posted 07.14.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

Last week Pearson lost its 40 to 50 million dollar contract to provide 3rd through 8th grade Common Core aligned high-stakes tests in New York State.

International Movement to STOP the Pearson Octopus

Alan Singer | Posted 07.07.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

Pearson's Chief Executive Officer John Fallon, forced to respond to dissidents, declared his enthusiastic "support free public education for every child around the world." However he did not offer to provide Pearson's educational services for free.

Questor Marketing Research Advises Pearson Investors to SELL

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 07.01.2016 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

Sounds like Pearson CEO Fallon should have spent more time on US K-12 Education Plan B at least two years ago. At least.

New York Algebra Teacher Writes Parents About the "Serious Disservice" of CC Tests

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 06.24.2016 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

The following text is from an email that New York parent Scott Strong received from his twins' eighth-grade teacher. It concerns the Pearson-crafted, allegedly Common-Core-aligned algebra exam administered in New York in 2015.

Treating Kids Like Hamburgers, Pearson Exec 'Fesses' Up

Alan Singer | Posted 06.25.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

You can't make this stuff up. On June 23, 2015 the New York Times reported on Pearson mass Common Core grading centers where a college degree but no special knowledge is required to grade tests and temporary employees make between $12 and $14 an hour plus small bonuses if they "hit daily quality and volume targets."

"Funky Monkey" and Pearson Fail the Test

Alan Singer | Posted 05.07.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

John Oliver nailed Pearson on his HBO Last Week Tonight show on Standardized Testing. If you have not seen it yet, clink the link and watch it. I laughed a lot but can't really say I enjoyed the show; it was too disturbing. It won't be funny until companies like Pearson are brought down.

Seven More Reasons to Opt-Out of High-Stakes Testing

Alan Singer | Posted 06.10.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

In case you need more reasons to oppose high-stakes Common Core tests, here are seven more reasons to opt-out.

Is NYSUT/AFT Support for NY Opt Out Just the 2013 AFT "Moratorium" Warmed Over?

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 05.31.2015 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

What will it take for NYSUT and AFT to break up with intended testing conduit, Common Core?

Louisiana's PARCC Contract- But Not Really

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 05.26.2015 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

The Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) does not have a 2015 contract with official Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) test vendor, Pearson.

People Are Pissed at Pearson

Alan Singer | Posted 05.23.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

Pearson's only intended result is to make more and more money. That is why so many people are pissed at Pearson and fighting back against Common Core and Pearson PARCC exams.

Pearson's Intellectual Property -- Why Is This Even a Thing?

Daniel Katz | Posted 05.17.2015 | Education
Daniel Katz

Pearson's hyperactive attitude towards test security is disturbing not only because of how it is being enacted without concern of proportion, privacy, and the implications of initiating state level investigations into unremarkable student speech.

NJ Parents and Teachers Say "NO!" to PARCC Common Core Tests

Alan Singer | Posted 04.29.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

The anti-PARCC anti-Common Core coalition may have an unlikely ally. Who thought pro-business Republicans would take on the school testing industry?

Big Data for HR: Does Big Data Take the Human Out of Human Resources?

Anne Loehr | Posted 04.14.2015 | Business
Anne Loehr

I admit I went to this conference expecting the day to be about number crunching. However, Human Capital Analytics is much more than that. What I saw was the great potential in marrying data and humanity to reach talent and organization performance goals.

Arne and Barack Target Schools of Education

Alan Singer | Posted 03.30.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

Congress is Republican. ISIS is on the march. Common Core and high-stakes testing are under attack. The Affordable Health Care Act may be torpedoed by the Supreme Court. Arne Duncan and Barack Obama evidently need a softer opponent to pad their legacy. The hapless Knicks were probably not available for a pick-up basketball game.