How Do You Earn A Desk
I got this in an Email today,
Back in September of 2005, on the first day of school, Martha
Cothren, a social studies school teacher 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
And she said, "You can't have a desk until you tell me how you
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
classroom. 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
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 had 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...
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