Discussion in 'Games, Jokes, and Fun!' started by Davaroo, Aug 28, 2008.

  1. Davaroo

    Davaroo Poultry Crank

    Feb 4, 2007
    Leesville, SC
    Back in September of 2005, on the first day of school, Martha Cothren, a social studies school teacher at Robinson High School in Little Rock, 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.

    Looking around, confused, they asked, 'Ms. Cothren, where're our desks?'
    She replied, 'You can't have a desk until you tell me what you have done to 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 show you.'

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

    Twenty-seven (27) U.S. Veterans, all in uniform, walked into that classroom, each one carrying a school desk. The Vets began placing the school desks in rows, and then each walked over and stood 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 men, these heroes, did it for you. They've 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 gave, they paid the price, so that you could have the freedom to get an education. Don't ever forget it.'

    By the way, this is a true story. You can verify this by visiting:


    Is A Veteran? A 'Veteran' -- whether active duty, discharged, retired, or reserve -- is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made payable to 'The United States of America,' for an amount of 'up to, and including his life.'

    That is genuine honor and dedication, and there are many people in this country today, who no longer understand that fact.
    God Bless America - and Our Veterans
    Last edited: Aug 28, 2008
  2. AussieSharon

    AussieSharon Songster

    Dec 18, 2007
    That's great. I only wish more kids (and adults) were taught that lesson.

    Sharon (Married to a First Gulf War Vet)
  3. shareneh

    shareneh In the Brooder

    Aug 2, 2008
    North Dakota
    This is a great story. I think it was genius for the teacher to do this simple act. In times like these the media has led the people astray by telling them the military, govt. and leaders are all out to destroy anything and everything they get their hands on. It's nice to know that there are people out there still who realize the price that is paid for freedom by others who serve the public and our country. My hat is off to you this morning Davaroo.
  4. dacjohns

    dacjohns People Cracker Upper

    Once again, thanks Dave for this reminder.
  5. Wolf-Kim

    Wolf-Kim Songster

    Jan 25, 2008
    That's beautiful Dave.


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