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Teacher certification may be a "meaningless credential," a Tennessee study finds. Researchers at the Education Consumers Consultants Network, a partnership of credentialed educators, examined student achievement scores and concluded that teachers certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) are "merely average in helping students learn." Although NBPTS certification can mean salary increases of $7,500 or more, the study found that none of Tennessee's 40 certified teachers would qualify as "exemplary" by state standards. NBPTS standards "essentially reflect the same ideas about teaching that have dominated education for decades," and the organization consists primarily of teachers union representatives whose members benefit financially from certification.

Seniors at San Fernando Valley High must have plans for college, military service, or trade school in order to participate in graduation ceremonies, according to the San Jose Mercury News (5-08-02). Civil libertarians call the new policy "elitist," but Los Angeles School District officials say it encourages students to "think about the future." Experts who have warned since 1994 about the eventual effect of the federally mandated School-to-Work (STW) program, which has been implemented in all 50 states, are not surprised.

Austin, TX-based company, Ignite! Learning, would replace history textbooks with computer sound bites and cartoons. Critics say the electronic curriculum is light on academic content. Ignite!'s website offers an overview of America's westward expansion that trivializes the magnitude of the undertaking and the heroic efforts of American explorers and pioneers. Conveyed instead is the politically-correct view of U.S. growth as negative. One visual clip states: "The idea of Manifest Destiny became popular in the mid-1800s. People used the term to: say that the U.S. had a God-given right to occupy North America coast-to-coast; justify using force to take land; encourage the government to annex [territories] . . ."

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