THEY PAID THE PRICE!!
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
Looking around, confused, they asked,
'Ms. Cothren, where are our desks?'
She replied, 'You can't have a desk
until you tell me what you have done
o 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, third 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)
all in uniforms, walked into that
class-room, 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
inal 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
o 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.'
God Bless America -- and Our Veterans!!
What Is A Veteran?
A 'Veteran,' whether active duty,
or reserve is 'someone who, at one
point in his life,
wrote a blank check made payable
to 'The United
States of America,' for an amount
of 'up to and
including his life.'
That is honor, and there are way
too many people
in this country today who no longer
understand that fact.
(I checked with Snopes.com & this is
factual ... she deserves
a huge accolade for doing this!)