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Received this from a teacher.




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 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) 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 it.'

By the way, this is a true story.

Please consider passing this along so others won't forget that the freedoms we have in this great country were earned by
War Veterans.


Snopes claims it's true.
 

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Wow.......... Many older and most if not all the Military Members I have served with and have met during my life time whould AMEN that story. My father was one of them that bred that into us three boys. We all have passed those things to our children as well as working on a couple of grandkids too.
Thanks for sharing........................
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thanks for sharring auggie. have always felt that my time spent in army was the greatest thing i could do for my country. so proud, nam-vet. :fahne19:
 

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Having put 21 years in the Navy and MN Army Nat'l. Guard, I felt I did my duty to help how I could. Although none of that was ever in combat, I was prepared. I felt it was the least I could contribute, since many of my forefathers gave all. Our defense readiness is what keeps us free and the enemy at bay.
 

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21 years in the Air Force (been retired for 10 years) and I have never heard a better story. A buddy of mine and I used to go to grade schools and talk about the Pledge of Allegiance. We would arrive in our BDUs (had a bigger impact than the dress uniform for the age group) and always had a great time. And that was in California!!
 

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One day i was on my way to the break room thinking "I hate this $%&@?+! place" when a co-worker walked up and said "Hi Larry. I'ld like to introduce you to my son Jeremy. He's home for 18 days then he's heading back to Iraq for 6 months". As i shook that young man's hand and looked into his eyes i realized that my job wasn't so bad after all.

Years ago when i still smoked me and a co-worker walked outside for a smoke. Standing in the middle of the atrium in a cold drizzling rain stood Mike, a Viet Nam veteran. Head hung down his shoulder length hair wet from the rain, just staring into the night. Roy walks up and says "What's up Mike?" Mike just stood there and muttered "I hate this $%&@?+! place". Roy just smiled and said "It could be worse Mike. You could be 18 again and on patrol somewhere in the middle of the jungle". Mike just kind of smiled and said "I guess you're right".
 
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