Yes, I think that if we made all of the nations follow a certain type of education system, then it would do a lot of good for the country, and would make it be a whole lot more competitive in the world market as a smart and good country here.
I believe implementing national standards is an important step in attempting to improve education across the United States. I believe national standards are the best way to guarantee all children will receive a fair and balanced education. I think this helps take the guess work out of it for administrations.
I believe that if the nation had a national standard for education we would see the quality of education in the nation rise overall, I think there are places in this country with sub standard education standards that could really improve if they had to meet a national standard that better prepares their students for the future.
Education would improve if we were to implement national standards. How we go about this, I do not know. But I think one good idea would be to take the most educated state and make that the standard, and then put vast funding toward the improvement of learning facilities nationwide.
Education is a personal thing. People like certain subjects more than others. A well rounded education is paramount to a better society, however the involvement of a centralized government will not necessarily make education better (and likely make it worse). The only way a to effectively see if a national standard is being met is by testing children. As the old adage goes: Everybody is a Genius. But If You Judge a Fish by Its Ability to Climb a Tree, It Will Live Its Whole Life Believing that It is Stupid
Children are not the same everywhere, many places require a catered program that will help students along, not push them to a certain level purely for the statistical value. National standards will have teachers disregarding a student's actual needs and have them looking purely toward a number. A student in New England will not have the same needs as a student living in poverty somewhere in Detroit.