The Tour de France is one of the most beautiful events on the sports calendar each year. I'm amazed by the limits of the human body, and the ever increasing innovation of the equipment used. Today, I heard about a helmet that could save two bike lengths over 600 meters at a full sprint. It is incredible to think about how this competition breeds more and more innovation while dealing with the standardization and rules placed on the cyclist to create a level playing field. Maybe our education world should celebrate innovation the way that cycling does while recognizing the need for some standards and rules to eliminate a wild west atmosphere in education. The Tour de France values hard work, team work, healthy living, focus and intensity in the short-term while simultaneously holding the long view that comes from innovative practices. Below is a great video about the hour record and how it properly blends standards and innovation. Enjoy.