Virtual School Meanderings

September 16, 2019

Corporations And K-12 Distance, Online, And/Or Blended Learning

There were a couple of Education Week items that came through my inbox this last week that connected in my own mind.  The first was from the Industry and Innovation newsletter:

Fastest-Growing Ed. Companies Named on Inc. 5000 List Fastest-Growing Ed. Companies Named on Inc. 5000 List

K-12 ed-tech businesses and low-tech companies are among those selected to the 2019 Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing private companies in education. Read more.

What I found interesting about this item was the fact that I took the time and looked through the full list that is available at https://www.inc.com/inc5000/2019/top-private-companies-2019-inc5000.html?industry=education and neither Pearson Education or K12, Inc. was on the list.  Within the field of K-12 distance, online, and/or blended learning, we often spend a lot of time focusing on these two companies.  However, I think within the field we often forget about the reality that K-12 distance, online, and/or blended learning is really only a small part of the delivery of K-12 education in general.

The other thing that caught my attention from Education Week came from their EDWeek Update.

Parent Who Criticized His Son’s Math Program Is Sued By Curriculum Company
In a surprising move, MVP Math is suing a Wake County, N.C., parent who has pushed the district to stop using the curriculum. Read more.

So while the K-12 distance, online, and/or blended learning companies that are in our space represent a small portion of the overall K-12 system, they do make up a larger portion of the K-12 distance, online, and/or blended learning field – and a significant portion of the full-time K-12 distance and online learning, and the K-12 blended learning, communities.

What does it say about K-12 education when corporations that have been handed a great deal of authority within the system by elected and hired representatives that they are now attempting to silence one of the main stakeholders involved in the K-12 education system?

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