History Without Books Gets a Test in US Schools

Reuters, Aug 01, 2006
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Reuters: "What began as a long-shot attempt last year by Pearson Plc to sell California educators digital materials to teach history and politics, collectively known in US schools as social studies, has become reality in what could be the first large-scale step to eliminate books from classrooms." But in order to ensure schools purchase content from commercial publishers, they must be required to use a learning platform that offers only commercial material. Like, say, a system like Blackboard, with which Pearson has a long partnership. Limit the choice of LMS, limit the choice of content. And what sort of history and politics would you suppose will be taught when companies like Pearson and Blackboard have a lock on it? Via Andrew Pass.
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