Jason Stanford, a Texas journalist, is appalled that President Obama and Arne Duncan met with Pearson to get advice about how to prepare low-income students for college. The White House refers to Pearson as “the world’s leading learning company,” instead of the world’s largest testing company.
What advice do you think Pearson offered? Stanford bets: more testing, better testing.
He notes that Texas has a contract with Pearson for nearly $500 million. Thanks to high-stakes testing, 76,000 students will not graduate. Testing did not make them smarter. Instead they have been effectively consigned to lifetime struggle and poverty.
The mind meld between Duncan and Pearson is alarming.
Even more alarming is Duncan’s contempt for America’s students, parents, and teachers.