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I Like This Teacher

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by jojo54, Nov 19, 2009.

  1. jojo54

    jojo54 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 24, 2009
    BC Canada
    It may be a little late as it is past Remembrance Day/ Veterans Day, but still a good lesson.....

    I LIKE THIS TEACHER



    A lesson that should be taught in all schools . . And colleges

    Back in September, on the first day of school, Martha Cothren, a social studies school teacher at Robinson High School, did something not to be forgotten. On the first day of school, with the permission of the school superintendent, the principal and the building supervisor, she removed all of the desks out of her classroom.

    When the first period kids entered the room they discovered that there were no desks.


    'Ms.. Cothren, where're our desks?'

    She replied, 'You can't have a desk until you tell me how you earn the right to sit at a desk.'

    They thought, 'Well, maybe it's our grades.'

    'No,' she said.

    'Maybe it's our behavior.'

    She told them, 'No, it's not even your behavior.'

    And so, they came and went, the first period, second period, third period. Still no desks in the classroom.

    By early afternoon television news crews had started gathering in Ms.Cothren's classroom to report about this crazy teacher who had taken all the desks out of her room.

    The final period of the day came and as the puzzled students found seats on the floor of the deskless classroom, Martha Cothren said, 'Throughout the day no one has been able to tell me just what he/she has done to earn the right to sit at the desks that are ordinarily found in this classroom. Now I am going to tell you.'

    At this point, Martha Cothren went over to the door of
    her classroom and opened it.

    Twenty-seven (27) War Veterans, all in uniforms, walked into that classroom, each one carrying a school desk. The Vets began placing the school desks in rows, and then they would walk over and stand alongside the wall... By the time the last soldier had set the final desk in place those kids started to understand, perhaps for the first time in their lives, just how the right to sit at those desks had been earned..

    Martha said, 'You didn't earn the right to sit at these desks. These heroes did it for you. They placed the desks here for you. Now, it's up to you to sit in them. It is your responsibility to learn, to be good students, to be good citizens. They paid the price so that you could have the freedom to get an education.
    Don't ever forget it.'
     
  2. alicefelldown

    alicefelldown Looking for a broody

    Aug 18, 2008
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  3. Eggs4Sale

    Eggs4Sale Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 29, 2009
    That is so awesome, and I mean that in the true sense of the word.

    I picture those veterans sitting there ALL DAY, because some student could have answered correctly during first period, right?

    I wish I could do this with my Daisy Girl Scouts, but 5 year olds wouldn't get it, and would probably get scared and cry.
     
  4. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    Awesome teacher! Yay! [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  5. Nikki28

    Nikki28 David Bowie is my co-pilot

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    Neato! I guess it makes more sense her class is a military history class. What a neat thing to do.
     
  6. FluffyColor

    FluffyColor Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 31, 2009
    Queens, NY
    [​IMG] That sounds like a good teacher!!!!!!!! (I wouldn't want her as my teacher,though) She taught them a good lesson!!!!!![​IMG]
     

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