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Cronyism 101 or the Beck's HS "controversy" : brush up your basics and know your cronies, folks

"Beck's HS" ? Huh ? Kesako ?

Stands for : "Beck's Hopelessness Scale"... read on :

First, some bad news that come from Edublogs (about themselves) :

ServerBeach takes 1.45 million edublogs offline just 12 hours after sending through a Pearson DMCA notice for a 20 question list...

By James Farmer (October 10, 2012)

"In case you don’t already know, we’re the folk not only behind this site and WPMU DEV, but also Edublogs… the oldest and second largest WordPress Multisite setup on the web, with, as of right now 1,451,943 teacher and student blogs hosted. And today, our hosting company, ServerBeach, to whom we pay $6,954.37 every month to host Edublogs, turned off our webservers, without notice, less than 12 hours after issuing us with a DMCA email. Because one of our teachers, in 2007, had shared a copy of Beck’s Hopelessness Scale with his class, a 20 question list, totalling some 279 words, published in 1974, that Pearson would like you to pay $120 for."


DMCA, eh ?

So ... copyright infringement stuff, apparently ?

Yup. Same old ... same old, my dear ... In recap, it just so happened that Pearson managed to OWN a short research paper's copyright, the above paper originally written by some academia ... in 1974.

So, they were probably p*ssed off to see if only one copy of it online, on some teacher's Edublog, back in 2007, as they (Pearson) will otherwise charge their customers $120 for it as part of one of their products.

But here is what I find MUCH, MUCH MORE interesting TO KNOW about Pearson, and which calls for letting people know about Pearson's sense of "fair play" and their conception of "quality" :

"[...]Pearson has partnered with five other higher-education publishers to create CourseSmart, a company developed to sell college textbooks in eTextbook format on a common platform. In 2010, Pearson agreed to a 5 year, $32 million, contract with the New York State Department of Education to design tests for students in grades 4-8.
In the spring of 2012, tests that Pearson designed for the NYSED were found to contain over 30 errors, which caused controversy. One of the most prominent featured a passage about a talking pineapple on the 8th Grade ELA test. After public outcry, the NYSED announced it would not count the questions in scoring. Other errors included a miscalculated question on the 8th Grade Mathematics test regarding astronomical units, a 4th grade math question with two correct answers, errors in the 6th grade ELA scoring guide, and over twenty errors on foreign language math tests.[...]"

Source : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pearson_Education#Partnerships

Beck's Hopeless Scale ... Cryptome's l i n k (figure it out yourself...) :

http {colon} {slash, slash} cryptome {dot} org (slash) 2012 (slash) 10 (slash) beck (hyphen) hopelessness (dot) pdf

WARNING : hosting a copy of this PDF may expose your site to the DMCA's wrath...

Wikipedia article on Beck's Hopelessness Scale :


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