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i love it. i had to share. thank a vet whenever you can.



A lesson that should be taught in all schools and colleges



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.

'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, 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) 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.



Please consider passing this along so others won't forget

that the freedoms we have in this great country were earned by

Veterans.
 

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Be it noted that this was a Military History class in high school. If I were to try something like that I would be laughed out of a job but good for her for passing on the message in such a meaningful way.
 

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I think this should be directed at the vets, not the teachers.


the vets know what they do for this country. its the youth of today that are totally clueless on why they have what they have. i know my kids take everything for granted. something got lost between my grandparents to my kids.
 

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the vets know what they do for this country. its the youth of today that are totally clueless on why they have what they have. i know my kids take everything for granted. something got lost between my grandparents to my kids.
Then it's up to you to inform your kids and make sure they understand.
 

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I think this should be directed at the vets, not the teachers.


the vets know what they do for this country. its the youth of today that are totally clueless on why they have what they have. i know my kids take everything for granted. something got lost between my grandparents to my kids.
um, the only thing between your grandparents and your kids....is you and your parents:rolleyes:go find whatever is lost, and teach it to your kids ;) at least you acknowledge it!
 

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ok, i'll be the voice of *whatever*


those vets had nothing to do with the students getting desks, did they cut down the trees?? mine the iron?? smelt it?? NO

kids in other countries have desks, why are the american vets responsible for american kids having desks

is that what wars are over, getting desks

sure the vets had some things to do with our freedoms, but what about the wars that didn't or wouldn't have really effected us, like

the spanish american war, it was only for territory, would america be worse off if we didn't have california??

WW1, was a european conflict, heck it woulda turned out better if the germans had won, no WW2

WW2 was really not that important, the japanese wanted us to stop meddling in their affairs and the germans just wanted some more land, britian was fighting because of treaties, no one realy wanted to occupy the US

korea, stupid, fighting the russians thru the chinese which was thru the koreans

vietnam, see above

give me one war where the vets actually made a differance other then the revolutionary war or the war of 1812, BTW the french won those wars for us basically ;)
 
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