April 9th, 2007 11:52 PM
Robinson High School in Little Rock
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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 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 desk?" 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 you."
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 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"
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April 9th, 2007 11:59 PM
Thanks, Bumper. You made my day with this post.
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April 10th, 2007 12:04 AM
Amen. Wish all teachers had the guts to do that.
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April 10th, 2007 08:35 AM
That was a nice way to start the day.
This one is going to be e-mail to all my friends.
Sounds like a candidate for Teacher of the year.
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April 10th, 2007 11:11 AM
Thanks Bumper for the reality check. The point is well taken "We live in the land of the free because of the Brave."
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April 10th, 2007 11:29 AM
April 10th, 2007 12:20 PM
I am so glad that is true.
That is a lesson that needs to be taught in every class
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April 10th, 2007 12:24 PM
What a teaching point! That was a great post.
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April 10th, 2007 12:25 PM
Thanks Bumper, we need more wakeup calls such as that to reminde all citizens of what patriotism is about.
April 10th, 2007 12:39 PM
Thanks Bumper. Great post.
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April 10th, 2007 01:27 PM
Great post. If only we had more teachers like that. It sure gets the point across.
April 10th, 2007 01:38 PM
I like that - A LOT!!
Thx Bumper - a great demonstration lesson that could be, to bring home what is so often totally forgotten.
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April 10th, 2007 02:19 PM
Brilliant. That's one of the best things I've read.
April 10th, 2007 08:23 PM
Bruce hit the nail on the head. Nothing else sums it up other than brilliant.
I'm suprised there is not some pencil necked do gooder parents trying to get this teacher fired.
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April 10th, 2007 08:55 PM
A great lesson...
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