- They are absolutely enormous. They buy out competing products and put them under one roof, so there is no need for the products to get any better because they don't have much competition. This is what happened when Pearson bought out three competing SMS (student management systems): Chancery (MacSchool and WinSchool) SASI, and PowerSchool. These used to be three competing companies with a competing product. When one introduced a feature, the others had to follow suit to stay in the game. Now, all three are under one roof. Here is their product listing for SMSs:
- They own the Financial Times as well as Penguin Publishing
- They publish Scott Foresman elementary curricular materials (text books)
- They publish 6-12 curricular materials (text books and computer programs linked to the text books)
- They own programs like NovaNET (which is a pile of crap, computer based instruction or read and test as I like to call it. It is so boring and the kids hate it!)
- They own SuccessMaker, used to be a good program, now the support is pretty crappy and the whole product is more expensive.
- They own almost all of the online assessments that are out there for all sorts of things, from HS diplomas to computer certification tests, to automated text analysis (automatic grading of written work)
- They have a whole division that is supposed to make teachers better teachers
- And this goes on and on. See here: http://www.pearson.com/index.cfm?pageid=20 and this is just their education division!