Andrew Cuomo wants to be President of the United States. That’s a frightening thought to those of us who know him well. He has little chance of succeeding though he doesn’t seem to know it. He knows how to get moneyed interests behind him however.
Cuomo is promoting a British company, Pearson Publishing, for a possible big return on his investment.
Pearson is one of the companies that will profit from the Common Core and national assessments. They will determine the subject matter students are taught with little or no parental or educational oversight. They will also decide teacher certification.
Cuomo, who is lining up corporate support behind them, will assumedly have the gift returned when he runs for president. Pearson, for their part, will get to determine what is taught in the schools.
Crony corporatism at its worst!
It will probably take more than a billion dollars in the bank to run for President of the United States in 2016. It looks like New York State Governor is already lining up corporate support. My concern is that he will sell out the education of New York State’s children to for-profit companies, particularly Pearson, to position himself for the run.
Pearson is one of the most aggressive companies seeking to profit from what they and others euphemistically call educational reform, but which teachers from groups likeRethinking Schools and FairTest see as an effort to sell, sell, sell substandard remedial education programs seamlessly aligned with the high stakes standardized tests for students and teacher assessments they are also selling. Pearson reported revenues of approximately $9 billion in 2010 and generated approximately $3 billion on just digital revenues in 2011.
If it has its way, Pearson will soon be determining what gets taught in schools across the United States with little or no parental or educational oversight. Pearson standardized exams will assess how well teachers implement Pearson instruction modules and Pearson’s common core standards, but not what students really learn or whether students are actually learning things that are important to know. Pearsonis already creating teacher certification exams for eighteen states including New York, organizing staff development workshops to promote Pearson products, and providing school district Pearson assessment tools. In New York, Pearson Education currently has a five-year, $32 million contract to administer state test and provides other “testing services” to the State Education Department. It also recently received a share of a federal Race to the Top grant to create what the company calls the “next-generation” of online assessments.
Pearson, which claims to be the “world’s leading learning company,” is in the process of designing mind-numbing “multimedia textbooks… designed for pre-schoolers, school students and learners of all ages” for use on Apple’s iPad so school systems will have more products to purchase instead of investing in quality teaching and instruction. In case you are not already worried about children seating dazed in front of computer screens for hours on end, Pearson promises its “respected learning content” will be “brought to life with video, audio, assessment, interactive images and 3D animations.”…the story continues at HuffPo