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Working for Social Justice Inside and Outside the Classroom

A Community of Students, Teachers, Researchers, and Activists

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Edited By Nancye E. McCrary and E. Wayne Ross

What were once distinct professions for serving others and building knowledge are now communities of workers struggling against a tide of increasingly unregulated capitalism that is being fed by human greed. Teachers have become education workers, joining a working class that is rapidly falling behind and that is increasingly being silenced by the power elite who control nearly all the wealth that once supported a thriving middle class. Working for Social Justice Inside and Outside the Classroom delivers critical counter-narratives aimed at resisting the insatiable greed of a few and supporting a common good for most. The book is dedicated to hopeful communities working against perpetual war, the destruction of our natural environment, increasing poverty, and social inequalities as they fight to preserve democratic ideals in a just and sustainable world. Written by some of the most influential thinkers of our time, this collection is a tapestry of social justice issues woven in and out of formal and informal education.
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Chapter Four: Pearson, Inc.: Slashing Away at Hercules’ Hydra

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FOUR

Pearson, Inc.: Slashing Away at Hercules’ Hydra1

Alan Singer and Eustace Thompson

The Hydra Hercules defiedIts nine diminished heads must hideBefore the baneful modern beastWho has a thousand heads at least.

From “The Hydra” by Oliver Herford, The Mythological Zoo(New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1912).

On November 18, 2014, the Pearson Charitable Foundation’s Board of Directors publically announced the intent to cease Foundation operations and close the Pearson Foundation at the end of the year. This follows a decision by Pearson plc to integrate all of its corporate responsibility activities and functions into its business as a way to maximize social impact and to no longer fund the Foundation as the primary vehicle for its philanthropic and community activities.” (http://www.pearsonfoundation.org/ accessed November 21, 2014)

This announcement, probably unintentionally, makes clear the connection between the ersatz not-for profit foundation and the business end of Pearson. In 2013, Pearson agreed to pay New York State $7.7 million in fines to halt an investigation by the State Attorney General that found

“Pearson and the Foundation have a close working relationship. The Foundation’s staff has consisted of Pearson employees; the Foundation’s board was comprised entirely of Pearson executives until 2012; select Foundation programs have been conducted with the advice and participation of senior Pearson executives; and the Foundation continues to rely heavily upon Pearson Inc. for administrative support.” ← 47 | 48 →

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