Based on the belief that no one knows a textbook better than a teacher who has used it in the classroom, the Environmental Literacy Council (ELC) has launched, a web site intended to help educators choose the best science textbooks for their classrooms. Despite the considerable amount of money and effort that has been invested in developing academic content standards, the quality and reliability of most scientific textbooks still falls short of teachers' expectations, according to ELC. Because textbooks vary so greatly with regard to scientific accuracy and teaching effectiveness--and because of the bewildering mix of local, state, and


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