Pearson is the largest education company and book publisher in the world, offering education services; test development and scoring services in educational institutions (for both teacher and student evaluation), corporations and professional bodies. North American education segment is 40% of revenue. Book publishing; Penguin books (books for all ages, classics, literary prize winners), teacher text books; 40% of revenue. Business information; publishes the Financial Times, The Economist (50% stake) and professional trade books; 20% of revenue.1
CEO Marjorie Scardino is also the director of the MacArthur Foundation.
1. Penguin books’ US website noted that a line of books with long-standing commitment to green issues are being printed on FSC certified paper from ISO 14001 suppliers, with vegetable inks and bio-degradable glues. I wonder why these values can’t be applied to all the books Pearson publishes.1
I am not confident that our educational system, at large, i.e., the text books, testing methods, etc, does a proper job of leading us into the light. I am cautious of testing services as they often miss accounting for the growth of the whole student, teacher, employee, etc and overemphasizes metric evaluations of people.1