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    Post by qsamike Fri Nov 05, 2010 4:39 pm

    I know that this is not exactly militaria related but I thought at this time of year it would be appropriate......

    A 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.
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    Post by Battalion Colours Fri Nov 05, 2010 5:51 pm

    This is a great story and I remember hearing about it when it first took place. At the time Martha Cothren was a teacher at Little Rock's (Arkansas) Robinson High School. The youth of today have no idea what took place during WW II, let alone Viet Nam. They have no idea what their great grandparents, grandparents and parents generations did to insure their freedoms.

    The children of France and The Netherlands are taught history, and they know well about their liberation from Nazi Occupation. They understand the high price paid by Allied soldiers so they too could enjoy such freedoms.

    Thanks for posting this wonderful story Mike ! ! !
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    Post by Battalion Colours Fri Nov 05, 2010 6:09 pm

    On 10 November 2010 the United States Marine Corps will celebrate it's 235th Birthday.

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