How Do You Earn A Desk

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by jwp475, Apr 25, 2007.

  1. jwp475

    jwp475 Well-Known Member

    Feb 4, 2005
    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
    earn them."

    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...
  2. James Jones

    James Jones Well-Known Member

    Jul 1, 2002
    Amen !!

  3. Dead Beat

    Dead Beat Well-Known Member

    Oct 20, 2004
    great post
  4. ol mike

    ol mike Well-Known Member

    Aug 21, 2005
    Great post jwp475 !!!!!!!
  5. Dave King

    Dave King Well-Known Member

    May 3, 2001
  6. jwp475

    jwp475 Well-Known Member

    Feb 4, 2005
    Thanks for the link.......... /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif
  7. mceads

    mceads Member

    Mar 5, 2007

    From an active duty Ranger,thank you.To many people criticize what is happening in Iraq and Afghanistan but I've seen the good that has come from it.This President wont always be here and the next will soon come and go,but we the military will always be here for you.

    Rangers lead the way!!!!!!
  8. jwp475

    jwp475 Well-Known Member

    Feb 4, 2005
    I agree with you for sure.. I have a son in the Army,he is in the intellecenc branch and I have a cousin that's in iraq as we speak and he is in a combat unit.
    Six, you guy's have my upmost respect...........

    BLASERMAN Well-Known Member

    Apr 9, 2005
    This is well said and done. This is what gets me about People in the Us they cry and rase hell about Wars ,but they take everything for Granted. they don't relize how they got what they have. That what makes me mad about Stars that jump on the Anti band Wagon. They would have this if they lived anywhere else.