A worried looking John Fallon, Pearson CEO from the FT article

Things are looking gloomy at the offices of the world's biggest education corporation, Pearson, whose shares have crashed, according to its own old house journal the . Apparently in the US, the company is now going to concentrate on the Higher Education sector, hit amongst other things, by the opposition to testing and the common core in the US.

It is possible that even the chief education adviser to Pearson, Sir Michael -  - Barber is feeling a bit down in the mouth. His response to the US President's own second thoughts about testing were to share an article with the wonderful title:

Pearson are not the only company who have failed to shoot their fox in the 'very popular (K12) hunting ground for private equity'. Rupert Murdoch famously had his sights on the '$500 billion US education market', as he snapped up the education company Amplify. Last month after only persuading 20 schools in the whole country to take his tablets.

Just before he bought Amplify in 2010, exhorted President Obama to take on the teachers' unions in order to 'reform eduaction.' I think those activists - students, teachers and parents, across the US who have resisted testing and education reform can afford to feel cheered that despite the best efforts of reformsters like Murdoch and Pearson, teaching unions have not been tamed, which is one of the main reasons that the two of them are retreating from the K12 market with their tails between their legs. Education International too is leading an important against corporate profit-making in schools.

Let's not be complacent however, Pearson is down but its not out and there are plenty more hunters in the education reform jungle. Global resistance by teaching unions will continue and we will keep tracking it.