The influence of outside money on education has always been strong–and fighting it is one of the reasons the AAUP came into existence. Rarely, though, do we educators have real power over the source of that money. In the case of Pearson, however, we can have just that. The company makes a good deal of money off of our choices–and we can choose not to use what it offers.
The next time you speak with a Pearson rep, you might remind them of this, pointing with particular concern to the pressure that Pearson has brought onto the career of Walter Stroup at the University of Texas College of Education.
Jason Stanford, writing in The Texas Observer, explains how Stroup, the results of whose research on testing runs counter to Pearson assumptions, has seen his career progress challenged:
In retrospect, Stroup might have anticipated that the UT College of Education…
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