Thanks to the web, anyone with a background in curriculum writing has an opportunity to propose standards, ala the goals of the NCTM.
Part of what frustrates the standards-setting process is that specialization is the norm, and so creating curriculum based on the premise of providing "overview" falls to an overly bureaucratized committee structure -- because we can't count on individuals in either university math or philosophy departments to have an "overview" perspective these days (their job is to specialize all the more).
Against this trend (towards specialization), we have the tradition of the Renaissance thinker, ala Leonardo da Vinci or Isaac Asimov, who achieves a degree of mastery in multiple disciplines, and is therefore in position to write integrative curriculum, wherein showing "connections" relies on more than mere buzz words. Another word for such a thinker is "polymath". What's needed, to offset bureaucratized "committee standards" is for individual polymaths to use the web to promulgate alternative standards.
Given any complicated subject (such as mathematics), there is simply no "one right way" to criss-cross it. There's no reason on earth to suppose that one set of standards has to do it all for all people in all walks of life. That's why any culture worth beans gives rise to multiple schools of thought, all competing with one another for recruits (students, future faculty).
The Oregon Curriculum Network was set up in our Silicon Forest context (our high tech sector has surpassed our wood products sector as the number one employer in Oregon) to provide one more alternative vision (one of many). I have been empowered to write curriculum as an individual, not as a committee person, because my trackers and backers respect my talents in this regard and count on me to do a professional job (according to their own criteria).
So whereas I may come off as a "lone voice in the wilderness" in comparison to the NCTM, this doesn't really detract from my effectiveness. Given our new charter school legislation out here, it's also possible for my sponsors to actually open a school wherein my polymath curriculum gets more fully implemented and field tested. The home schooler movement has also proved a shot in the arm (useful ferment). Furthermore, I am free to collaborate with NCTM, MAA and AMS affiliated professionals, and do so -- the fact of multiple schools of thought does not preclude the formation of alliances and affiliations.
I invite math teachers (either disaffected by the NCTM, or very supportive of its process -- or neither) to visit my website(s) and scan my pages for new ideas. A lot of what I'm brainstorming with colleagues will come across as entirely alien, as some kind of "math from Mars". That's OK. Takes all kinds, and competition is healthy.
NOTE: this is a repost of something I posted earlier (one typo fixed) -- starting a new thread assures me of a static URL for linking, whereas the earlier version had a variable n=## parameter (a pain to keep changing).