How the next generation is taught has come under much scrutiny in recent times. From public school practices to government overreach in school policies, parents are especially concerned about what their children are learning, and that first and foremost comes from the learning materials that teachers utilize to impart information. Now, the largest publisher of school textbooks, Pearson, is being called out for its role in pushing specific agendas.
Pearson lists itself as a producer of an “engaging, interactive learning experience focused on academic achievement.” Their profits increased 8% just last year, and they are estimated to increase another 33%. This multi-billion dollar British company has not just sold Americans countless textbooks but also worked with colleges across the nation to build their online classes. Many of which were utilized during the pandemic due to school shutdowns.
Pearson also recently rejected an 8.5 billion dollar takeover because of conditional terms that were deemed unfit. Their business in the United States was predicted to take a hit due to the shifting landscape of American education and so they have committed to rebranding and looking to sell textbooks and online education programs directly to parents instead of schools now that public school enrollment is on the decline. Yet parents are being urged to take note of everything their children learn, so will this company be appealing to home educators?
In further examining Pearson’s Race & Ethnicity, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion guidelines for their products, one may instantly confirm that they are a global company looking toward the ideals of globalization and standardization instead of individualized learning. Instead of discussing the global challenges facing minorities in third world countries and addressing the importance of allowing cultures to thrive through their own means, Pearson’s texts speak about “systematic inequality” due to “Western Imperialism,” the detrimental impact of colonization, and addressing the growing incidence of “subconscious bias.” They clearly state that their materials (which include school textbooks) are aimed at training individuals to change their mindset without having polled students, teachers, or parents on exactly what their mindsets are. This document presents these ideals with flowery language that makes all of these political opinions seem as if they are concrete facts.
The company also boasts of its high ESG score– an already executed global social credit system that rates businesses based on their environmental, social, and governance policies. They proudly trust The World Economic Forum — led by Klaus Schwab, the man who coined the term The Great Reset and supports the ideology of “You’ll own nothing and be happy” — and cites them in their research. These connections and ideologies all seem well-meaning on the surface but have caused much concern for everyone who believes in individual civil liberties, the right to private ownership, and educational textbooks and other learning materials free from political bias that sways young impressionable minds.
While many in the west wish to teach core classes like Math, reading, and English, Pearson has gone “woke” and dedicated itself to focusing on recognizing “privilege,” promoting “intersectionality,” and reporting biased content in their textbooks and online portals. So now students who don’t like their lesson can just report it as racist and have it removed for their studies. Parents and educators who recognize that censorship and the rewriting of history have taken over movements originally promoted to improve everyone’s interactions are wary of Pearson’s material.
This company has taken over the global education materials market and is pushing a specific political narrative. Whether Pearson’s textbooks are doing so to push certain agendas like that of The World Economic Forum, or just for marketing purposes to look good in the eyes of politicians, schools, and other businesses is yet to be seen, but there is plenty of evidence of large scale connections that are politically entwined with progressive movements which have a serious view of how they wish to shape the future of all societies. This is concerning for all parents looking to offer their children an honest well-rounded education, especially so for anyone who believes in individual rights.