Teachers College doctoral student Alexander Hoffman thought he was finished writing about national standards and their drawbacks. But then he thought again. National standards do have potential, he writes in a new post in the Community section:

I have absolutely no doubt that education in our schools happens in the interactions between children and educators, children and each other, children and themselves, and children and the materials, activities and environments that educators set up. If someone can explain to me how new standards will impact those interactions, in spite of all the obstacles I have previously laid out, I might get on board with a serious push for new standards.

Don’t read Hoffman’s post if you’re hungry: It contains an analogy comparing standards to chocolate chip cookies.