What?! No Desks?!
Posted by wordforit on October 29, 2007
Mike Huckabee used the story of the teacher’s example (below) in March of 2007 at a conference in Washington, D.C. There’s a lot of truth in the claim that a large portion of our students are not aware of what a privilege it is to go to school in the USA!
It angers and shocks me when I read the vitriolic comments and posts about the US. What makes people think other countries are in better shape? Why do people think we know all the specifics in a military decision? I read a post in one of the blogs linked below in which a woman either rewrote history or copied it from an anti-American site! Another guy pontificated about how sinful we are while he stated, in the same comment, that he did not recite the Pledge of Allegiance at his wife’s citizenship ceremony… Why would he bring his wife to such an awful place?!?!
“The text of the eRumor is taken from a speech given by former Arkansas governor and potential presidential candidate Mike Huckabee at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C. on March 2, 2007. It describes events in Cothren’s Military History class in 2005.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars chose Cothren as a Teacher of the Year in Arkansas for 2005-2006″ TruthorFiction.com
Back in September of 2005, on the first day of school, Martha Cothren, a social studies schoolteacher at Robinson High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, 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.
Looking around, confused, they asked, “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.”
This is a true story…