No constitutional or statutory basis for national standards, national assessments, or national curricula. Another mess involves a partnership between Pearson, Apple, and the Los Angeles Unified School District, which in 2013 announced a $1.3 billion project to provide an iPad, loaded with Pearson educational material, to each of the 650,000 students in the district.
In Texas, for example, where Pearson has a $468 million contract to provide tests and educational materials, an audit found poor monitoring of the billing process at the Texas Education Agency. We then drew up a highly customised program of training and consultancy, working intimately with Pearson throughout. Students tutor each other in various subjects—Aki is a mentor in English and science but a mentee in math. Few things are more emotional than shaping the minds of children, as Pearson learned during decades in the textbook business. The Privatization in Education Research Initiative reports that when schools aren’t free, poor students must work one day and go to school the next, and boys are educated in favor of girls. Meanwhile, in New Jersey, Pearson monitored the social media accounts of students taking its Common Core tests and had state officials call district superintendents to have students disciplined for talking about the exam.
When conglomerates went out of fashion, Pearson concentrated on media and publishing, focusing on what was then a steady, high-cash-flow business. With a focus on Math, Science, Social Sciences & Humanities, Pearson Arts and Sciences provides a host of solutions for today’s classroom.
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