How did we earn them?

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  1. FS Driver

    FS Driver New Member

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    Subject: FW: School desks-very poignant








    On the first day of school, 2005, Martha Cothren, a social studies teacher at Robinson High School in Little Rock , did something quite phenomenal. With the permission of the school superintendent, the principal and the building supervisor, she removed all the desks from the classroom.

    The students walked into their first period, looked around and said, “Ms. Cothren, where's our desk?" She replied, "You can't have a desk until you tell me how you earn them."
    They thought, "Well, maybe it's our grades."
    "No," she said.
    "Maybe it's our behavior."
    And she told them, "No, it's not even your behavior."
    The same thing happened during second, third and fourth periods. By early afternoon television news crews had gathered in Ms.Cothren's class to investigate this crazy teacher who had removed all the desks from her classroom. The last period of the day, Martha Cothren gathered her class. They were sitting on the floor. She said, "Throughout the day no one has understood how you earn the desks that sit in this classroom." She said, "Now I'm going to tell you."
    Martha Cothren opened the classroom door and 27 U.S. veterans, in uniform, entered the classroom, each one carrying a school desk. They placed the desks in rows, and then they stood along the wall. By the time they finished, the students understood, for the first time in their lives perhaps, how they earned those desks.

    Martha said, "You don't have to earn those desks. These guys did it for you. Now, it's up to you to sit here and learn, to behave responsibly, and become good citizens, because they paid a price for you to have that desk; don't ever forget it."

    I think sometimes we forget that our freedom comes – not from celebrities – but from ordinary people who did extraordinary things; who loved this country more than life itself, and who not only earned a school desk for a kid at the Robinson High School in Little Rock, but who earned a seat for you and me to enjoy this great land we call home.

    "We live in the Land of the Free because of the brave"

    Remember our Troops...
     
  2. biga

    biga Well-Known Member

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    and the truth has been told!!!!
     

  3. jlingle

    jlingle New Member

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    I've got goosebumps so big, that the hair on my arms is standing on end.
     
  4. jeremiad

    jeremiad Well-Known Member

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    This is a true story according to Snopes.com.

    Former Governor Mike Huckabee used this event as an illustration in a 2 March 2007 address to the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C.

    Barbara Mikkelson adds the following:
    Cothren and her students have sent numerous care packages to U.S. military personnel serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. They also write letters to soldiers in those theaters, sending off 1,200 missives in 2005-2006. (The tally for 2006-2007 won't be available until the end of the school year.)

    In 2006 the Veterans of Foreign Wars named Martha Cothren their "Teacher of the Year."

    Thanks for sharing a great story!
     
  5. SSgt Fishslayer

    SSgt Fishslayer New Member

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    very nice. i can relate to that.
     
  6. 223reload

    223reload New Member

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    All I can add is AMEN!!
     
  7. Dreadnaught

    Dreadnaught New Member

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    That was a great post Darryl!!! Thank you for sharing!!!
     
  8. Mi11er

    Mi11er New Member

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    Wow that is a great story.
     
  9. fishnfwl

    fishnfwl New Member

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    :big_smile::big_smile::big_smile::big_smile: AMEN TO THAT ONE!!! :big_smile::big_smile::big_smile::big_smile:
     
  10. trippyclwn

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    i think we need more teachers like that and im glad she got teacher of the year, it also gets the kids realizing there is more to soldiers and officers than foul words, or picking on people. (thanks to movies like forrest gump, and full metal jacket, and police brutality videos that are almost everywhere now) but on a lot of the police videos they dont catch the people reacting before the video starts a lot of times it just shows police beating the crap outta people for no reason, and yes i know less than A HANDFUL of police out there are only in it for the head trips and ego, but there are so many more good hearted policemen who are just trying to put their life on the line for us!!!! and they have families of their own too!!!!!
    we cant thank military or the police enough for keeping us safe but the media likes showing the bad side of them instead of the good, but i guess the bad stuff sells better in hollywood than true people making a difference in the world. :sad2: its a sad world indeed :sad2:
    i wish all teachers were as great as this woman!!!!!! then our schools could actually teach the right way! :smile2: