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National Board Certification for Teachers: A Billion Dollar Hoax


by M. O. Thirunarayanan — February 10, 2004

The term “National Board Certification” conjures up visions of the highest levels of expertise in the area of certification. The reality is however, far from such visions. Teachers who are National Board Certified need only have as much content knowledge as some of the more advanced students that they teach. In this brief commentary, I will provide evidence to show that despite the lofty image conveyed by its name, the standards for National Board Certification for Teachers are closer to entry level standards for teachers. I will also argue that teachers who attain such certification do not deserve the humongous pay raises and other incentives that have been lavished on them.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: February 10, 2004
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11266, Date Accessed: 8/19/2017 2:45:40 PM

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  • M. O. Thirunarayanan
    Florida International University
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    M.O. Thirunarayanan is an associate professor in the College of Education, and an associate dean in the University Graduate School, at Florida International University, in Miami, Florida. Over the course of his career, he has taught various courses in education in three different universities since Fall 1992. In addition to his administrative responsibilities, he currently also teaches learning technologies courses at the doctoral level and advises doctoral students. His current interests include researching the integration of technologies in educational settings to facilitate teaching and learning, the impact of technologies on education, and various other issues related to education. Recent publications include Technology and Degree Inflation and From Thinkers to Clickers: The World Wide Web and the Transformation of the Essence of Being Human , both in Ubiquity.
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