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Dear Open Education Colleagues:

The next time Pearson comes after your good work, keep this in your back pocket.

This part of the story (in the NYTimes article) is especially troubling:
  • Around 2010, Pearson began financing an effort through its foundation to develop courses based on the Common Core. The attorney general’s report said Pearson had hoped to use its charity to win endorsements and donations from a “prominent foundation.” That group appears to be the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
  • “Pearson Inc. executives believed that branding their courses by association with the prominent foundation would enhance Pearson’s reputation with policy makers and the education community,” a release accompanying the attorney general’s report said.
  • Indeed, in April 2011, the Pearson Foundation and the Gates Foundation announced they would work together to create 24 new online reading and math courses aligned with the Common Core.
  • Pearson executives believed the courses could later be sold commercially, the report said, and predicted potential profits of tens of millions of dollars. After Mr. Schneiderman’s office began its investigation, the Pearson Foundation sold the courses to Pearson for $15.1 million.
Creative Commons consistently recommends that publicly funded (and Foundation funded) resources be openly licensed. It's too bad these 24 reading and math courses, funded by two Foundations (and then sold to Pearson for $15.1M), were not openly licensed and made available to the millions of teachers and students who desperately need updated learning resources. 

Cable

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Cable Green, PhD
Director of Global Learning
Creative Commons
@cgreen
http://creativecommons.org/education
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Dear Open Education Colleagues:

The next time Pearson comes after your good work, keep this in your back pocket.

This part of the story (in the NYTimes article) is especially troubling:
  • Around 2010, Pearson began financing an effort through its foundation to develop courses based on the Common Core. The attorney general’s report said Pearson had hoped to use its charity to win endorsements and donations from a “prominent foundation.” That group appears to be the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
  • “Pearson Inc. executives believed that branding their courses by association with the prominent foundation would enhance Pearson’s reputation with policy makers and the education community,” a release accompanying the attorney general’s report said.
  • Indeed, in April 2011, the Pearson Foundation and the Gates Foundation announced they would work together to create 24 new online reading and math courses aligned with the Common Core.
  • Pearson executives believed the courses could later be sold commercially, the report said, and predicted potential profits of tens of millions of dollars. After Mr. Schneiderman’s office began its investigation, the Pearson Foundation sold the courses to Pearson for $15.1 million.
Creative Commons consistently recommends that publicly funded (and Foundation funded) resources be openly licensed. It's too bad these 24 reading and math courses, funded by two Foundations (and then sold to Pearson for $15.1M), were not openly licensed and made available to the millions of teachers and students who desperately need updated learning resources. 

Cable

--


Cable Green, PhD
Director of Global Learning
Creative Commons
@cgreen
http://creativecommons.org/education
reuse, revise, remix & redistribute
********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/.

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Comments inline below.

Cable


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