Charlie Brown

Music HighwayAnother school year has begun here in the United States and elsewhere. School buses are vigorously back in action serving their respective schools. Elementary, middle, high and college school teachers are fairly rested, energized, and ready to start afresh teaching and transferring knowledge to the younger generation.

It is not an easy task for many, if not all, of these teachers. Far too often, many of them will have to
deal with some very difficult students. All of them
will need our prayers. As a matter of fact, I suggest
Christians also pray for the students as well.

Years ago, I used to substitute for teachers on several occasions (grades 1  – 12). Because of that experience, I know full well what teachers have to go through. Often, when I reported to the assigned classroom as a sub, along with the lesson plans of the day, I would read the behavioral warnings for such and such student. Sometimes the teacher would tell me to send a certain kid immediately to the principal’s office at the first sign of misbehavior.

Looking back, I appreciate the amount of time these
teachers put in preparing for the substitutes who were
coming to fill in for his or her class. I remember gladly
leaving reports on the teacher’s desk at the end of the
school’s day. Often they were good reports.

Yes, while most of the students were well behaved, I had my share of trouble-makers . I remember one kid turning off the classroom lights as I was writing the assignment on the blackboard. Another would play music from his electronic device hidden under his desk and would turn it off as soon as I began inquiring about it. Of course, no one would “rat” (point out) his buddy who was guilty of these misdeeds.

I remember giving a student at a middle school  a pass to go to the bathroom. As the class period was drawing to a close,  I realized this kid was never returning to the classroom. Since he had been a pain in the neck beforehand, it made my day easier not seeing him again. Of course, I later mentioned it on my report.

It was sad, however, to watch a great deal time being wasted by far too many students – especially at the high school level. Some refused to do their classroom assignments. Others would rather talk than work. Others just went to sleep. I was ready to answer any question they would have asked or direct him or her to students who were knowledgeable on the subject.

I also took notice of the reasons for absenteeism. Many were not in class because they were serving detention in another area of the school building. Others were absent altogether because they had been suspended.

It is true, there is a connection between the child’s behavior and his home environment. Yes, I could easily focus on the parents for the character of the students – both good and bad. But I also soon realized many students were dealing with personal issues themselves. Many children came from broken homes. There were homes characterized by absent fathers. Other students were living with their grandmothers. Many were constantly being called and pulled out of the classrooms by school counselors to assist them in areas such as bullying from classmates.

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Yes, students need our prayers. And as many of you know, drug abuse is on the rise – especially with opioids and newly distributed concoctions. Suicide rates, despite the social media, are very, very high. Prayers are needed for the children, for the parents and for the school administrators this year.

Prayers are especially needed for a revival in this country of some kind where the values of God, family and personal growth would become of benefit and prevail in the school systems and elsewhere in our communities.

For some reason, I sense another awakening from the Holy Spirit dawning upon this nation. There is just too large a void without God – especially among the newer generations – for it to continue any further. Perhaps I’m just being optimistic here. Although it may be for a short while, we may be seeing God and Jesus Christ strongly being
affirmed by young and old alike throughout the country.

Nevertheless,  I do know that Jesus Christ will be returning
onto to the world’s stage to fix and eradicate all, I mean all,
of the problems we are dealing with now on this earth.

May God speed that day.

 

The Coasters

Charlie Brown   (1959)
lyrics – Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller
music – Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller
sung by – The Coasters
genre – Doo wop, pop, R&B
side B – “Three Cool Cats”

LYRICS:

Fe-fe, fi-fi, fo-fo, fum
I smell smoke in the auditorium

Charlie Brown, Charlie Brown
He’s a clown, that Charlie Brown
He’s gonna get caught
Just you wait and see
(Why’s everybody always pickin’ on me)

That’s him on his knees
I know that’s him
Yeah, from 7 come 11
Down in the boys’ gym

single

Charlie Brown, Charlie Brown
He’s a clown, that Charlie Brown
He’s gonna get caught
Just you wait and see
(Why’s everybody always pickin’ on me)

Who’s always writing on the wall
Who’s always goofing in the hall
Who’s always throwing spit balls
Guess who (who, me) yeah, you
Who walks in the classroom, cool and slow
Who calls the English teacher, Daddy-O

Charlie Brown, Charlie Brown
He’s a clown, that Charlie Brown
He’s gonna get caught
Just you wait and see
(Why’s everybody always pickin’ on me)

Album

[Instrumental Interlude]

Who walks in the classroom, cool and slow
Who calls the English teacher, Daddy-O

Charlie Brown, Charlie Brown
He’s a clown, that Charlie Brown
He’s gonna get caught
Just you wait and see
(Why’s everybody always pickin’ on me)

 

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