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Offline rangerrebew

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How kids in this teacher's room earned their desks
« on: March 17, 2014, 08:45:33 AM »

We need more like her!
 In September of 2005, on the first day of school, Martha Cothren, a
 History 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 in her classroom. When the
 first period kids entered the room they discovered that there were no
 desks. 'Ms. Cothren, where are 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 grades.'
 '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. Kids called their parents to
 tell them what was happening and by early afternoon television news
 crews had started gathering at the school 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 desk-less classroom. Martha Cothren said,
 'Throughout the day no one has been able to tell me just what he or
 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 uniform, 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. They went
 halfway around the world, giving up their education and interrupting
 their careers and families so you could have the freedom you have.
 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. And this teacher was
 awarded the Veterans of Foreign Wars Teacher of the Year for the State
 of Arkansas in 2006. She is the daughter of a WWII POW.
 Do you think this email is worth passing along so others won't forget
 either, that the freedoms we have in this great country were earned by
 our U.S. Veterans? .................... I did. Let us always remember
 the men and women of our military and the rights they have won for us.
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"Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim tribute to patriotism who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness -- these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. . . . reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principles."
George Washington

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Re: How kids in this teacher's room earned their desks
« Reply #1 on: March 17, 2014, 10:29:10 AM »
Perhaps this exercise needs to be repeated at the Senate Chamber, the House Chamber and in the Oval Office.
I come in peace, I didn't bring artillery.  But I am pleading with you with tears in my eyes:  If you bleep with me, I'll kill you all.

Marine General James Mattis, to Iraqi tribal leaders (Note: Mattis did NOT say "BLEEP". He threw the F Bomb)

I didn't enlist in the Corps just to watch my country become a Third World Communist Shit-hole. Don't know anyone who did.

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