Something is seriously wrong, when representatives of the AFT must travel to London to attempt to engage Pearson executives, and board members in order to convince them to remove “gag orders” preventing educators from expressing concerns about Pearson-developed tests and to meet with educators, parents and other stakeholders to address their concerns regarding these tests.
Let me rephrase that;
The largest teachers union in the United States, traveled overseas to ask a foreign corporation to allow a free and open discussion on a product that is forcing a paradigm shift in education in the United States!
We now find ourselves at a crossroads of sort. Will our elected representative continue to allow this foreign corporation to feed our children content that educators and most importantly parents are forbidden to review or even discuss? Just this past week, I was reminded that I can not even discuss the New York State tests with my grade level partners to figure out how we can drive instruction next year. We can not even discuss strategies that worked for us or did not work in relation to these tests.
Enough is enough! It’s time to cut the head off that serpent that promises better times with a forbidden fruit.
It seems as though Pearson is in serious financial trouble according to Alan Singer.
Our North American education business faced a tough trading environment throughout 2013, driven by state budget pressures and the transition to the Common Core (affecting our School business) and lower enrollments (affecting Higher Education). The career college sector, in which we have a strong market position, was particularly weak. In addition to these market pressures, our North American margins were further affected by planned investments in learning technologies and related infrastructure, Common Core programs, the launch costs related to major multi-year service-based contracts in higher education, and increased returns provisions.
Pearson also generates 60% of it’s sales from the United States, from it’s Education business and Penguin Random House.
It’s time to boycott.
Throughout our nation’s history, the People have used the boycott to affect needed change. It’s time for us to continue that grand tradition that lies within the bedrock of our democracy.
Boycott anything related to Pearson.
Some may say that others decide what products we must use in our schools and we really have no choice. I say that’s nonsense. Get yourself on decision making committees, get elected to a school board and do whatever you can to say no to Pearson. Vote no to any Pearson product! That also includes products related to Pearson.
Let elected officials know that if they vote to support this foreign corporation in any way, you will not vote for them.
Not another US penny should be spent on any product from Pearson.
Let’s begin by creating a detailed list of Pearson products, I invite your contributions on the comments section of this page.