Day 101  Tuesday, March 23, 2010: “Stand and Be Counted”

Today is Day 101 of my time left at the Mont. Administrative interviews are underway, and for those who reapplied, your time is coming. Some don't make eye contact. Others chatter as if nothing unusual is happening and speak in terms of "Next year."

I often use music in my classroom, related to lessons. I run off lyrics for the students and have them follow along. At this dark time, there's one by David Crosby which seemed most appropriate:

STAND AND BE COUNTED by David Crosby / James Raymond

"There was a peace of a song I heard the other day

Some words I heard this singer say

Something in me loved the way that it sounded

When he said how he wanted to stand

Stand and be counted

"Now, sometimes I talk to myself in the early dawn

Before all the fragments of my dreams are gone

Things you don't know why your mind held on to

Or else sometimes you know more than you want to

"Stand an be counted, stand on the truth

Stand on your honor, stand and be counted

"And I wonder who that kid was standing brave and trim

And I hear myself breathe and I know that I was him

Defender of the poor and those who cannot speak

I thought I'd be standing by the dam trying to stop the leak

"So concerned with matters of the heart

And knowing the millenium was just about to start

And knowing that somehow we could make a difference

"I want to stand alone in front of the world and that oncoming tank

Like that Chinese boy that we all have to thank

He showed us in a picture that I have mounted

Exactly what it means to stand and be counted ."


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    Chuck Olynyk is a Social Studies teacher who saw the effects of reconstitution upon John C. Fremont High in Los Angeles. These are reposting of his original blogs from the Save Fremont website.


    August 2010



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