Do we need tech standards?

On my way to our technology standards meeting and there is something not sitting well with me. I can’t put my finger on it but I just keep asking myself:

Do we need technology standards?

The new NETs for students look good. But I can’t help but think that we are focusing on the wrong thing. If technology is a tool and not a curriculum why do we need standards?

I’m struggling with this. If you can help me please do!

[tags]NETs, standards[/tags]