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I got the following form a friend of mine. I am skeptical of these things, so I checked this out on snopes. I was pleasantly surprised to find that it is true.....http://www.snopes.com/glurge/nodesks.asp

> 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 and 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 them."


> 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 too. 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. 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 desks.


> 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."


> Friends, 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 solid values and principles that made

> us a great nation.


> "We live in the Land of the Free because of the brave."


> Please remember our Troops!

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That's one of the scariest things I've ever read. And I'm pro military.


I love the subtle, typical, shot at Hollywood. " Friends, I think sometimes we forget that the freedoms that we have are freedoms not because of celebrities." :laugh:

Did AFC write this **** or something? Who in the world thinks our freedoms have ANYTHING to do with celebrities?

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I'm ex-military...and this post misses the point. Military men do not want to be thanked by a bunch of kiddies. They also do not want to discomfort anyone. All they want is respect and quiet appreciation. And you can imagine how scared the poor kids were when 20 burly men in uniform came in carrying their desks. :doh:

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No, she has A military history class. There is no way a high school has a teacher who teaches nothing buy military history all day - and it says she didn't have the desks in her class for any period throughout the day.

According to snopes, "[The email] recounts the events from the first day of classes in Fall 2005 for students enrolled in Martha Cothren's military history class at Joe T. Robinson High School in Little Rock, Arkansas." (Emphasis mine.)

The story is actually a little bit confusing to me. Regardless of whether it was only done for her military history class or for all of her social studies classes, the desks were only brought in during the last period. The article says she gathered her class for that moment, and I'm not sure whether it means she gathered that period, or brought all of her periods together, which would've required yanking them out of whatever class they happened to be in at the time.

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