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Old 10-08-2010, 06:04 AM   #1
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Default How you earn the right to sit at a desk in school.

A lesson that should be taught in all schools..... And colleges
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> 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 ,
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> something not to be forgotten.
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> On the first day of school, with the permission of the school
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> superintendent, the principal and the building supervisor, she removed
> all
> of the desks out of her classroom.
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> When the first period kids entered the room they discovered that there
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> were no desks.
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> 'Ms. Cothren, where're our desks?'
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> She replied, 'You can't have a desk until you tell me how you earn the
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> right to sit at a desk.'
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> They thought, 'Well, maybe it's our grades.'
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> 'No,' she said.
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> 'Maybe it's our behavior.'
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> She told them, 'No, it's not even your behavior.'
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> And so, they came and went, the first period, second period, third
> period.
> Still no desks in the classroom.
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> By early afternoon television news crews had started gathering in Ms.
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> Cothren's classroom to report about this crazy teacher who had taken
> all
> the desks out of her room.
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> 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.'
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> At this point, Martha Cothren went over to the door of her classroom
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> opened it.
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> Twenty-seven (27) U.S. Veterans, all in uniforms, walked into that
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> classroom, each one carrying a school desk The Vets began placing the
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> school desks in rows, and then they would walk over and stand alongside
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> the wall.
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> By the time the last soldier had set the final desk in place those kids
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> started to understand, perhaps for the first time in their lives, just
> how
> the right to sit at those desks had been earned..
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> Martha said, 'You didn't earn the right to sit at these desks. These
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> 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
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> 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.'
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> By the way, this is a true story.
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> Verified by Snopes at? snopes.com: Veterans Return Desks
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> Please consider passing this along so others won't forget that the
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> freedoms we have in this great country were earned by U.S. VETERANS.
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Great story.

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I always like these little stories. Get a chill up my spine.

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This should be done in every class across the country for first year high scool students.


Earn your desk!!

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Amen to that!

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Really great post and an absolutely amazing teacher. Kudos to her and the school for supporting it.

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