How you earn the right to sit at a desk in school.

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  1. doctherock

    doctherock New Member

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    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,
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    > 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
    > and
    > 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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  2. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    Great story. :)
     

  3. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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  4. doctherock

    doctherock New Member

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

    dunerunner New Member

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


    Earn your desk!!
     
  6. doctherock

    doctherock New Member

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  7. gregs887

    gregs887 New Member

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    Excellent post.:)
     
  8. notdku

    notdku Administrator Staff Member

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    That's awesome!
     
  9. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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

    JD