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Pearson for Profit: You Do the Math

Pearson for Profit: You Do the Math

Commented Feb 20, 2014 at 10:52:05 in Politics

“__As you saw from my LinkedIn Profile, Alan, I have a Visual Arts and Communication-focus with respect to Educational Resources. Similar to your research-based Pearson-focused articles, I have been following the institutions & organizations involved in development and uses of Open Educational Resources in Higher Education. From the OER materials I've seen, the cost-savings mission of the "Stewards" of Creative Commons and the OER movement is lowering the quality of learning materials by minimizing an author's uses of Visual Communications and I believe there are important issue to raise. The for-profit and non-profit OER community certainly is vocal about their position against the Educational Publishing industry. I wonder if you can identify a tipping point or circumstances when Educational Publishing began to be perceived as an unethical enterprise?”
Pearson for Profit: You Do the Math

Pearson for Profit: You Do the Math

Commented Feb 19, 2014 at 18:10:45 in Politics

“__Since you started-off your article with the Teacher's quote, I thought you might actually explore the Teacher's specific concerns with the material. It turns out that the Teacher's email was a misleading premise and your position is that we should. . ."Beware! The Pearson Plan for education in the United Kingdom may be coming to a country near you -- unless we can stop it now." But, just because you don't have anything to add about enVisionMATH design, doesn't mean you haven't raised some interesting points in your Pearson-focused articles and I'll likely follow your posts.”
Pearson for Profit: You Do the Math

Pearson for Profit: You Do the Math

Commented Feb 19, 2014 at 11:05:12 in Politics

“__Wonder why you didn't actually address an assertion that some 5 yr old students lack the assumed level of symbolic understanding, Alan - "I received an email from a kindergarten teacher who wrote, "the Pearson-designed assessments for the enVisionMATH curriculum are confusing to children. Teachers have to reformat all of the graphics . . . I find it unconscionable that we pay Pearson to put out shoddy material which assumes too much symbolic understanding on the part of 5 year olds." I decided to check it out." __ Teachers and Parents would likely find it more relevant had you checked-out the validity of the specific issue raised by the teacher by first discussing the enVisionMATH Visual Learning Program with the Design Leader, Stuart J. Murphy, "who has spent his entire career working in the field of Visual Learning—how students acquire information from visual stimuli such as graphs, charts, diagrams, models, illustrations, and photos." here's his contact info, Alan _ __ and, of course, you'll want to check out the enVisionMATH webpage:

hp blogger Alan Singer on Feb 19, 2014 at 13:19:46

“You left out that while you were Director of Client Services | Business Development Manager at Pronk &Associates Inc. from 2006 – 2009 Pearson Education was a client and that you now have your own independent design company.
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Back to School, Back to Sky-High Textbook Prices

Commented Sep 1, 2013 at 11:09:18 in College

“__OER educational materials need the value that visual communication adds to the equation of judging Excellence/Quality used by Students and Teachers making Comparisons and Recommendations. Why choose these 2 Calculus Textbooks for comparison? -- one can see that their quality and educational value reflects their respective price point. _ "Calculus" by Gilbert Strang, Instructor's Manual | Calculus Online Textbook | MIT OpenCourseWare _ _ John Stewart's "Calculus, 6th Edition," _ _ I expect College & University Students understand this is much more than a price-point issue and that they can't afford to regret not choosing to use their Professor's Textbook recommendations. To avoid discovering too late they've made a poor decision, it's good advice to ask Students to review & compare their Faculty's textbook options to judge the quality of materials for themselves, while considering the high value of time one invests in studying.”