I ran across something the other day that may be of interest to those who have school-age children. British based Pearson, PLC, is the largest education company and the largest book publisher in the world. Among their many subsidiaries are such familiar American textbook publishing names as:

Scott Foresman, Prentice Hall, AGS, Power School, SuccessMaker, TeacherVision, Addison Wesley, Allyn & Bacon, Benjamin Cummings, Longman, and "many others," including Penguin-Random House and the Financial Times Group.

102813_1539_HopeChangef1.pngPearson has organized its PreK - 20 programs, products, and services into five main areas to "help teachers, school superintendents, parents, students, and caregivers easily find what they need." Their groups are: Curriculum, Assessment, Information Management, Educator Learning, and Family Learning. Subordinated in these give groupings are forty (40) additional divisions or brands, known as "Publishing Imprints."

The Prentice Hall division alone includes: Prentice Hall mathematics, Prentice Hall literature, Prentice Hall chemistry, Prentice Hall biology, Prentice Hall world history, Prentice Hall geometry, Prentice Hall algebra 2, and Prentice Hall algebra 2 answers.

I visited a very congenial lady in the local County Department of Education office, and asked if any of the textbooks used in the County classrooms are published by Pearson, PLC or one of its subsidiaries or divisions. She recognized many of the names on the list, but said that textbooks used in the County schools are selected from those "adopted" by the state Department of Education, leaving little local control of, or interest in, the identity of the publishers. All this is perfectly understandable, but considering the dominance of Pearson, PLC, it is reasonable to assume that many of their published textbooks are in use locally.

102813_1539_HopeChangef2.jpgSo what difference, you may ask, does it make if the British firm, Pearson, PLC, provides textbooks used in US schools? Perhaps not much, until you realize that among other similar foreign investors, the Sovereign Fund of Libya owns a 3.27% stake in the $9 BILLION Pearson empire, and a recent 229 page study by Brigette Gabriel's Act for America organization entitled Education or Indoctrination? The Treatment of Islam in 6th through 12th Grade American Textbooks found thirty eight (38) Islamic-leaning texts commonly adopted for use in American classrooms. Pearson's 2013 World History is specifically noted as an example of
"strident Islamic bias."

That should come as no great surprise since Pearson's published corporate objective is "To change the way America thinks."

Hmmm. Sounds alarmingly familiar, doesn't it?

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