Friday, November 13, 2009

You go girl

A lesson that should be taught in all schools . . And colleges.

Back in September, on the first day of school, Martha Cothren, a social studies school teacher at Robinson High School , 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 how you earn the right to sit at a desk.'

They thought, 'Well, maybe it's our

'No,' she said.

'Maybe it's our behavior.'

She told them, 'No, it's not even your

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

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 War 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

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