The capitulation contrasts with months of optimistic statements by Chief Executive Officer John Fallon about the challenges Pearson faces in the U.S., where college enrollments and its testing business are down, and textbook sales unexpectedly declined. Fewer older students are enrolling, community college admissions also are dropping, and more students are renting textbooks.I hadn't been keeping track of the big picture, but my own courseware royalties (not from Pearson) agree with the pattern: Three big years charged up my savings, then three nothing years. The last nothing year was frustrating because it came immediately after a year of VERY hard work to build a new online edition. I was blaming the publisher for pulling out of the subject area and halting promotion, but now it's clear that all courseware and textbooks are losing ground. Despite vested interest, I'm happy to see the trend. College shouldn't be a universal goal, and online material should be secondary to REAL HANDS-ON learning.
Labels: Experiential education
Polistra was named after the original townsite of Manhattan (the one in Kansas). When I was growing up in Manhattan, I spent a lot of time exploring by foot, bike, and car. I discovered the ruins of an old mill along Wildcat Creek, and decided (inaccurately) that it was the remains of the original site of Polistra. Accurate or not, I've always liked the name, with its echoes of Poland (an under-appreciated friend of freedom) and stars. ==== The title icon is explained here. ==== Switchover: This 2007 entry marks a sharp change in worldview from neocon to pure populist. ===== The long illustrated story of Polistra's Dream is a time-travel fable, attempting to answer the dangerous revision of New Deal history propagated by Amity Shlaes. The Dream has 8 episodes, linked in a chain from the first. This entry explains the Shlaes connection.