School desk

Discussion in 'General Conversation' started by Angelkitty, May 14, 2007.

  1. Angelkitty

    Angelkitty New Member

    Sheridan, Ar
    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, the principal and the building
    supervisor, she took all of the desks out of the classroom.

    The kids came into first period, they walked in, there were no desks.
    They obviously looked around and said, "Ms. Cothren, where's our desk?"

    And she said, "You can't have a desk until you tell me how you earn

    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."

    And so they came and went in the first period, still no desks in the

    Second period, same thing, third period. 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. And she
    says, "Throughout the day no one has really understood how you earn the
    desks that sit in this classroom ordinarily." She said, "Now I'm going
    to tell you."

    Martha Cothren went over to the door of her classroom and opened it, and
    as she did 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 wall. And by the time they
    had finished placing those desks, those kids for the first time I think
    perhaps in their lives understood how they earned those desks.

    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, and don't ever forget it."

    My friend, I think sometimes we forget that the freedoms that we have
    are freedoms not because of celebrities.

    The freedoms are because of 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, this wonderful nation that we
    better love enough to protect and preserve with the kind of
    conservative, solid values and principles that made us a great nation.

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

    Remember Our Troops
  2. thegavel

    thegavel New Member

    West Des Moines, Iowa
    This is truely beautiful. I pray those kids carry that memory with them their entire life.

    Special thanks to all of those who have helped earn my seat in all of my classrooms. Wish I had a dedicated teacher to teach my classes this lesson. Good thing I have a great family to pick up on that!

  3. Angelkitty

    Angelkitty New Member

    Sheridan, Ar
    This post is for all the ones that are serving our country.
  4. alands94

    alands94 Active Member

    Lebanon, I
    Great post! Unfortunately, if I did something like that, I would have a long list of parents threatening to sue because their babies had to stand for an entire period!
  5. Phil Washburn

    Phil Washburn New Member

    Shawnee OK
    but Aaron, you would have something better than lawyers on your side - you would have the powerful and influential BOC in your corner! i say go for it:big_smile:
  6. cicnolo

    cicnolo New Member

    ne. CENTRA
    there's nothing else to say. as a viet nam era disabled vet this post brought up many feelings some good some bad.
  7. catfisherman60

    catfisherman60 New Member

    Greenwood AR.
    That was a great post. It made the kids think
  8. pk_powell

    pk_powell New Member

    That was a wonderful and very true post! God Bless our Miltary folks and God Bless America!! We are the home of the Brave and the Land of the Free!!:big_smile_2: :big_smile_2: