Who owns American public education? Until a decade ago, we might have answered: the public. Or the states. Or the local school boards.

Now, the likely answer is: the U.S. Department of Education.

Or the Gates Foundation, which seems to own the U.S. Department of Education.

But there may be another answer (this is not a multiple-choice test, and there is more than one right answer): Pearson, the megalith corporation that produces curriculum, textbooks, tests, owns the company that accredits teachers (EdTPA), owns an online charter corporation (Connections Academy), and owns the GED.

Here is an interesting and very long discussion of Pearson’s plans for the future. It involves us all.