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Pearson Stock at Its Lowest Since 2009

December 20, 2015

According to NASDAQ, on December 18, 2015, Pearson (PLC) stock closed at $11.06 per share– its lowest since the effect of the financial crisis of 2008. Pearson was last at around $11 per share in the summer of 2009.

Pearson stock flux per share over 2015:

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pearson stock 2015

Pearson stock flux per share over two years (2014 and 2015):

pearson stock 2 yr

Pearson stock flux per share over five years (2011-2015):

pearson stock 5 yr

Pearson stock flux per share over seven years (2009-2015):

pearson stock 7 yr

Pearson stock flux per share over ten years (2006-2015):

pearson stock 10 yr

In June 2015, UK-based marketing research firm, Questor, advised Pearson investors to sell their Pearson shares.

In September 2015, Pearson CEO John Fallon launched an effort to “win hearts and minds” by “build[ing] the Pearson brand much more proactively.” That same month, Valerie Strauss featured an excerpt from the Pearson chapter in my book, Common Core Dilemma on her Washington Post Answer Sheet blog. Pearson North America President Don Kilburn responded to the chapter excerpt, and I responded to Kilburn. (Click here to read the full exchange.)

Of course, Kilburn is interested in what interests Fallon– polishing the public image of Pearson. Profits depend upon it.

Based upon December 18, 2015 NASDAQ info, it looks like Pearson is going to need a lot more polish.

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Schneider is a southern Louisiana native, career teacher, trained researcher, and author of the ed reform whistle blower, A Chronicle of Echoes: Who’s Who In the Implosion of American Public Education.

She also has a second book, Common Core Dilemma: Who Owns Our Schools?, published in June 2015.

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  1. OK so what can we do to take it down even more???

    • Short it — sell shares you do not own, hope to buy back later at lower price to cover your short
      position. (Not recommended)

  2. It would be a great thing indeed if Pearson was forced to go out of business!

  3. LAEducator permalink

    Bloomberg’s InBloom went out of business after being caught salivating over what they planned to do with student data after John White illegally released Louisiana student data without getting parental permission – thanks mainly to the efforts of Mercedes Schneider, if memory serves. Of course, the Masters of War against Public Education probably just pop back up with a new moniker, so there is no rest for the weary.

  4. permalink

    Love it. Thank you:)


  5. DanG permalink

    Aawwhh, tough s__t for Pearson! Can we replicate this for EngageNY? You know, the curriculum that failed so miserably in NY that they rechristened it Eureka Math and sold it to the hicks?

  6. Glad to hear it. Keep the pressure on ’em. They’re profiteers making a literal “killing” off of a generation and more of kids.

  7. MARY CARNEY permalink

    Merry Christmas,

    Thank you for all of your well written and well researched posts. I am a school board member here in Marshfield and I recently came under international liberal news (and local) fire for trying to “ban” a book “For Every Child A Better World.” This was entirely false, as I requested that a United Nations book which happened to feature muppet characters, be withdrawn from the kindergarten curriculum.

    I am writing because I need more support from conservatives that think that images of suffering, starving, war weary, imprisoned children are not appropriate for 5 year olds in teaching “Rights and Responsibilities.” The United Nations does not belong in our classrooms. We have another school board meeting in January that will decide this issue once and for all. I have already been warned by an attorney for the school district that came up from Madison to remind me of my role and duty to “go along to get along.” I expect it will get worse.

    I am fighting to protect our kids from a progressive agenda and this book is at the crux of that fight.

    Thank you for all you do,

    Mary Carney

    • Mary, you might contact Susan Ochshorn ( and/or Geralyn Bywater McLaughlin (

    • Just Teach permalink

      Mary Carney,

      It sounds like you are making decisions based on your own political opinions. The political division in this country is insane, with people defending sides with such religious fervor, we almost need to apply a separation-of state-and-church type approach to keep some sanity.

      If your concern is that the content is not age appropriate (and it does sound like that) then please use your position to voice your objections. When you inject your own politics, you give the “other” side a reason to fight YOUR politics, making the actual children you were elected to serve pawns in a ridiculous game.

      Saying “the U.N. does not belong in our classrooms” sounds ignorant and extreme. When you look at the history and diversity, you have to expect a range of good, bad and ugly ideas. If you honestly think this book does not belong on your list, use logic and not emotion. Set an example for your community by not relying on sound bites or further polarization to try to “win.” Rephrase the argument to exclude all political propaganda (including Liberty Foundation) off the curriculum lists, or accept all. Otherwise, you’ll look like a hypocrite doing exactly what you’re accusing others of doing.

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