Interesting read and backed by Snopes.com
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
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
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. military 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
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."
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"
Remember our Troops.