As the Cendant story and others in this issue make clear, education technology now is inextricably linked to giant corporations. Sometimes for good and sometimes for ill.

In the short term, it's troubling to see a problem of such magnitude afflict a key supplier of school software. That situation underscores the risk of having the development and distribution of important curriculum applications concentrated in so few corporate hands.

But bigness has its advantages, too. Large companies such as Cendant and The Learning Company can attract substantial programming talent to education products. They also can sustain R&D projects that

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