Link Now I'm no teacher, but this made me wonder. Why is there such room for failure when nationally mandated standards - and thence league tables - are supposedly all-important? Does this apparent paradox have a name? Today's 16 year-olds would have been 6 years old when this lot came to power. Do we need longer to see how successful - or not - they have been? Put another way; whom do our much-spun educational standards really serve?