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02-26-08, 12:33 PM #1
I'd read this before, but didn't know it was TRUE.
*A lesson that should be taught in all schools!*
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
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 tell 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 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.'
If you can read this, thank a teacher. If you read it in English, thank a soldier--
"And if the band you're in starts playing different tunes, I'll see you on the dark side of the moon..."
02-26-08, 12:39 PM #2
that is coolhttp://www.allpoetry.com/Grunts%20Girl
We dallied under
Vine maples and sapling alders
Searched for lady slippers
Found blackberry riots and
An old skid road
Brought ghost ferns and
Hollows filled with
While waves wrapped
Intricate lacings of weeds
'Round mule spinners
His cyanotic eyes
Were hard enough to make
The sun turn tail and
Tender enough to attract me
To his world of illusion
02-26-08, 12:39 PM #3
Contrast that to school districts refusing recruiters.
Cool!I'm your huckleberry...
Quemadmoeum gladis nemeinum occidit, occidentus telum est!
You can be the weapon, and the gun in your hand is a tool - or the gun is a weapon and you are the tool.
I was looking for a saint who was a devil of a lover,
but every girl I found was either one way or the other...
02-26-08, 12:43 PM #4
02-26-08, 01:40 PM #5
02-26-08, 05:22 PM #6
Awesome story...Calm Like A Bomb...
“A pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. An optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty.”
02-26-08, 06:23 PM #7
great post."That's how we roll"
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