Fwd: Thinking Outside the Box

Subject: Fwd: Thinking Outside the Box

All school children should be given this question on the first day of school every year and asked to submit a written reply, to be graded, and used as the first test score for that class.
Sadly that will never happen.

If you've never seen this...read it!  If you have seen it, I hope you sent it on.  As a former teacher, I wish I'd thought of this...not to be "Teacher of the Year," but to make my students aware of just how lucky we ALL are to live in the USA!

 There is a great lesson here that the students at Little Rock High School will never forget.  I would presume also that most students would never have given this a thought.

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 behavior.'
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.
Let us always remember the men and women of our military and the rights that they have won for us.


charlie said...

The last attack on the united States by a foreign power took place in 1812.

No one, anytime recently, has gone "halfway around the world, giving up their education and interrupting their careers and families so you could have the freedom you have."

We spend more money on the military than the next 20 countries combined, despite the fact that virtually no one represents a threat to our country.

If we could eliminate this post-9/11 worship of all things military, we could probably afford to buy more desks for our schoolchildren.

Mr_Creosote said...

Mixed emotions, as in I don't whether to throw up in my mouth or brush my teeth to clean off the sickingly sweet syrup. In any case, unbelievable that this actually happened.

The military hasn't "fought for our freedom" since 1945, and the current patriotic military worship fetish is the only reason right wing dads all over praised this teacher. RWDs usually bash teachers ( vis-a-vis their unions ) every chance they get.

But let me get this straight: This woman misappropriates school property ( payed for by the public ) and arranges a disruption in the school day by employing 27 people of an outside party to perform a stunt. Anybody over the age of 10 ( make that 8 ) and with at least average intelligence can connect the dots and see right through this perniciously contrived attempt at grandstanding. This teacher has the gall to believe that young minds will connect the dots in such a way that a kid will think "Hmmmm. Only the military makes getting an education possible...I mean look...uninformed military guys just brought desks in and gave them to us! Yay!"

Sorry RWD; this "inspirational" bile is a total fail.

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