A true story-Should be taught in all schools

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  1. MoSkeeter0311

    MoSkeeter0311 New Member

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    :usa: Subject: FW: A lesson that should be taught in all schools!


    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 the permission of the school
    superintendent, the principal and the building supervisor, she removed
    all of the desks out of her classroom.

    When the first period kids entered the room they discovered that there
    were no desks. Looking around, confused, they asked, "Ms. Cothren,
    where're our desks?"

    She replied, "You can't have a desk until you tell me what you have
    done
    to earn the right to sit at a desk."

    They thought, "Well, maybe it's our grades."

    "No," she said.

    Maybe it's our behavior." She told them, "No, it's not even your
    behavior.

    And so, they came and went, the first period, second period, thir d
    period. Still no desks in the classroom.

    By early afternoon television news crews had started gathering in Ms.
    Cothren's classroom to report about this crazy teacher who had taken
    all
    the desks out of her room.

    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."

    At this point, Martha Cothren went over to the door of her classroom
    and
    opened it. Twenty-seven (27) U.S. Veterans, all in uniforms, walked
    into
    that classroom, each one carrying a school desk. The Vets began placing
    the school desks in rows, and then they would walk over and stand
    alongside the wall. By the time the last soldier had set the final desk
    in place those kids started to understand, perhaps for the first time
    in
    their lives, just how the right to sit at those desks had been earned.

    Martha said, "You didn't earn the right to sit at these desks. These
    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
    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."

    By the way, this is a true story.
     
  2. Holy Smokes

    Holy Smokes Senior Member

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    Man have I ever got and still gitting chills all over not just my arms but all over. awesome.:usa: :cool:
     

  3. mangler

    mangler New Member

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    That is an excellent story.
     
  4. jkcerda

    jkcerda the GOON squad POSEE

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    +2.

    very nice
     
  5. HCAman

    HCAman New Member

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    Awesome...
    We need more Martha Cothrens in the world...:usa: :usa:
     
  6. Holy Smokes

    Holy Smokes Senior Member

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    :amen: Bro
    them kids got something gonna stay with em' forever.
    I'd like to track that class and compare em to the rest of classes. wonder how many will be over achievers
     
  7. archerykid12

    archerykid12 New Member

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    great story and o so true to