As the students of the United States continue to fall in the educational "standings" worldwide, it seems obvious that what has been deployed in the way of government standards into our classrooms as the next great solution has merely been the latest knee jerk reaction. In this day and age of instant information and highly accessible technology, I would love for someone to explain to me why we can not begin structuring our learning environments to support students as individual learners. I envision classrooms of students, each working at the pace that works for them, with teachers supplementing and encouraging each of them along. Utopia? Maybe so, but what is so wrong with striving for something extraordinary?