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07-07-07, 04:44 AM #1
Teacher REALLY supports the Troops
The story below is a true story. It is a story full of inspiration. It is a story of a woman who really understands what it means to “Support The Troops.” It is a story that gives hope, that by the teachings of this woman, Martha Cothren, some young Americans will reach adulthood knowing the true price of freedom…..
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 permission of the school superintendent and the
principal, she took all of the desks out of the classroom.
The students came into first period and discovered there were no
They looked around and asked, “Ms. Cothren, where are our desks?”
She replied, “You can’t have a desk until you tell me how you earn
They thought, “Well, maybe it’s our grades.”
“No,” she answered.
“Maybe it’s our behavior.”
She told them, “No, it’s not your behavior.”
And so they came and went in the first period, still no desks in the
Second period, same thing and third period-no desks. By early
afternoon, television news crews had gathered in Ms. Cothren’s class
to find out about this crazy teacher who had taken all the desks out
of the classroom. The last period of the day, Martha Cothren
gathered her class. They were at this time sitting on the floor
around the sides of the room.
She stated to her students, “Throughout the day no one has really
understood how you earn the desks that ordinarily sit in this
She added, “Now I’m going to show you.”
Martha Cothren went over to the door of her classroom and opened it.
27 U.S. veterans, wearing their uniforms, walked into that classroom,
each one carrying a school desk. And they placed those school desks
in rows, and then they stood along the walls. By the time they had
finished placing those desks, those kids for the first time
understood how they earned those desks. FREEDOM!
Martha said, “You don’t have to earn those desks. These guys did it
for you. They put them out there for you, but it’s up to you to sit
here responsibly to learn, to be good students and good citizens,
because they paid a price for you to have that desk to sit in and to
learn and don’t ever forget it.”
SNOPES : TRUE http://www.snopes.com/glurge/nodesks.asp"The statements and opinions contained in this communication do not necessarily reflect the official position of the Commission regarding these issues."
07-07-07, 10:48 AM #2
07-07-07, 11:23 AM #3
That my friends is a TEACHER!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Way to go Martha Cothren!!!"An Unarmed man can only flee from evil, and evil is not overcome by fleeing from it." Jeff Cooper
Some people are meant to be the police......Some people are meant to call the police!!!
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General Norman Schwartzkopf
Not all Muslims are Terrorists, but all Terrorists are Muslim.
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07-07-07, 01:56 PM #4
After working at a school resource officer for 5 1/2 months, it's nice to know there are teachers who actually care about teaching, and their students.No one has greater love than this, to lay down ones life for ones friends - John 15:13
"The Wicked Flee When No Man Pursueth: But The Righteous Are Bold As A Lion".
We lucky few, we band of brothers. For he who today sheds his blood with me shall be my brother.
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07-07-07, 02:06 PM #5
Amazing story...she should be placed in charge of educating new teachers what it means to properly use the responsability of teaching500 fights, that's the number I figured when I was a kid. 500 street fights and you could consider yourself a legitimate tough guy. You need them for experience. To develop leather skin. So I got started. Of course along the way you stop thinking about being tough and all that. It stops being the point. You get past the silliness of it all. But then, after, you realize that's what you are.
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