Why Do We Do What It Is That We Do? General by Joel Wagner - June 19, 2008July 1, 20101 My blog has been running on a fairly regular basis now for over a year. I have a wealth of information stored in the archives here. So often, some of the great writing of the past has gone overlooked. One of the most common reasons for this is that the majority of you who are reading this didn’t even subscribe to this blog 5 months ago. Some of the best content I’ve written on the blog was put online last spring or summer. But it so often gets overlooked. Some of it needs to be rehashed from time to time as new readers come along. I have implemented some related posts plugins and some other techniques as well as trying to link to other articles on the site from time to time as an inspiration to check them out. Nevertheless, the problem still is there. Lorelle inspired me today. She asks: What Are Your Most Favorite Blog Post Failures? It’s an interesting article that brings up some really good points. So I was challenged to look through my archives and see if I could find some of the best material that has gone nearly completely unnoticed. I found a couple of articles I wrote almost a year ago. They received no comments whatsoever, and get very little traffic as a whole. But they are integral in defining my views of education at large. Is Education Really That Important? (Part 1) June 25th, 2007 Is Education Really That Important? (Part 2) June 25th, 2007 Why do they receive comments? My guess is because people haven’t seen them. Another reason is because they aren’t something I discuss too much, nor have I linked to them very often. Still another is that most of my readers are educators. To challenge the NECESSITY of completing school is often anathema in this community. Joel WagnerJoel Wagner (@sywtt) began teaching band in 2002. Though he had a lot of information, his classes were out of control. He found himself tired, frustrated, disrespected by students, lonely, and on the brink of quitting. He had had enough. He resigned from his school district right before spring break of his second year and made it his personal mission to learn to be a great teacher. So You Want To Teach? is the ongoing story of that quest for educational excellence.