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Post  Skeptical on Mon Nov 17, 2014 9:01 am

Now This Is A Teacher

By Barbee Kinnison – Posted on March 1, 2014


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 Veterans of Foreign Wars Teacher of the Year for the State of Arkansas in 2006. She is the daughter of a WWII POW.

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Post  nightlight88 on Thu Nov 20, 2014 9:11 am

I am not sure this may be an urban legend.

The same type of story, different names, floated aound about 15 years ago.

Great story but not sure if it is true.
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Post  Skeptical on Thu Nov 20, 2014 9:44 am

nightlight88 wrote:I am not sure this may be an urban legend.

The same type of story, different names, floated aound about 15 years ago.

Great story but not sure if it is true.

What are the links to the same type of story, different names that floated aound about 15 years ago?


I agree many "word of mouth" stories are not true  so when I heard of this one I did some checking before posting and some results of that checking are below.

TRUE:  http://www.snopes.com/glurge/nodesks.asp

TRUE:  http://jacksonville.com/news/metro/2010-12-12/story/fact-check-teacher-makes-dramatic-point-about-military-service

TRUE:  http://www.truthorfiction.com/rumors/s/school-desks.htm#.VG4JUnx0zIU
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Post  nightlight88 on Thu Nov 20, 2014 2:59 pm

Skeptical wrote:
nightlight88 wrote:I am not sure this may be an urban legend.

The same type of story, different names, floated aound about 15 years ago.

Great story but not sure if it is true.

What are the links to the same type of story, different names that floated aound about 15 years ago?


I agree many "word of mouth" stories are not true  so when I heard of this one I did some checking before posting and some results of that checking are below.

TRUE:  http://www.snopes.com/glurge/nodesks.asp

TRUE:  http://jacksonville.com/news/metro/2010-12-12/story/fact-check-teacher-makes-dramatic-point-about-military-service

TRUE:  http://www.truthorfiction.com/rumors/s/school-desks.htm#.VG4JUnx0zIU


This story may very well be true, but I remember a similar story about 15 years ago.
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Post  Skeptical on Thu Nov 20, 2014 3:45 pm

nightlight88 wrote:
Skeptical wrote:
nightlight88 wrote:I am not sure this may be an urban legend.

The same type of story, different names, floated aound about 15 years ago.

Great story but not sure if it is true.

What are the links to the same type of story, different names that floated aound about 15 years ago?


I agree many "word of mouth" stories are not true  so when I heard of this one I did some checking before posting and some results of that checking are below.

TRUE:  http://www.snopes.com/glurge/nodesks.asp

TRUE:  http://jacksonville.com/news/metro/2010-12-12/story/fact-check-teacher-makes-dramatic-point-about-military-service

TRUE:  http://www.truthorfiction.com/rumors/s/school-desks.htm#.VG4JUnx0zIU


This story may very well be true, but I remember a similar story about 15 years ago.

No doubt there is a refernce to this similar thing happening 15 years ago on the 'net, so please post it.
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Post  nightlight88 on Fri Nov 21, 2014 10:39 pm

Skeptical wrote:
nightlight88 wrote:
Skeptical wrote:
nightlight88 wrote:I am not sure this may be an urban legend.

The same type of story, different names, floated aound about 15 years ago.

Great story but not sure if it is true.

What are the links to the same type of story, different names that floated aound about 15 years ago?


I agree many "word of mouth" stories are not true  so when I heard of this one I did some checking before posting and some results of that checking are below.

TRUE:  http://www.snopes.com/glurge/nodesks.asp

TRUE:  http://jacksonville.com/news/metro/2010-12-12/story/fact-check-teacher-makes-dramatic-point-about-military-service

TRUE:  http://www.truthorfiction.com/rumors/s/school-desks.htm#.VG4JUnx0zIU


This story may very well be true, but I remember a similar story about 15 years ago.

No doubt there is a refernce to this similar thing happening 15 years ago on the 'net, so please post it.

Personally, I don't give a ratz azz about finding a link anout an article 15 years ago, a waste of time. My memory serves me well enough.
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Post  Skeptical on Sat Nov 22, 2014 7:57 am

nightlight88 wrote:
Skeptical wrote:
nightlight88 wrote:
Skeptical wrote:
nightlight88 wrote:I am not sure this may be an urban legend.

The same type of story, different names, floated aound about 15 years ago.

Great story but not sure if it is true.

What are the links to the same type of story, different names that floated aound about 15 years ago?


I agree many "word of mouth" stories are not true  so when I heard of this one I did some checking before posting and some results of that checking are below.

TRUE:  http://www.snopes.com/glurge/nodesks.asp

TRUE:  http://jacksonville.com/news/metro/2010-12-12/story/fact-check-teacher-makes-dramatic-point-about-military-service

TRUE:  http://www.truthorfiction.com/rumors/s/school-desks.htm#.VG4JUnx0zIU


This story may very well be true, but I remember a similar story about 15 years ago.

No doubt there is a refernce to this similar thing happening 15 years ago on the 'net, so please post it.

Personally, I don't give a ratz azz about finding a link anout an article 15 years ago, a waste of time.  My memory serves me well enough.

Cool down there NL, wasn't any intention to get you all upset.

It is that if Snopes and/or Truth or Fiction in particular or any other of the numerous articles didn't mention a similar event I just thought you might want to share it with all of us.
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Post  Darth Cheney on Sat Nov 22, 2014 8:32 am

nightlight88 wrote:
Skeptical wrote:
nightlight88 wrote:
Skeptical wrote:
nightlight88 wrote:I am not sure this may be an urban legend.

The same type of story, different names, floated aound about 15 years ago.

Great story but not sure if it is true.

What are the links to the same type of story, different names that floated aound about 15 years ago?


I agree many "word of mouth" stories are not true  so when I heard of this one I did some checking before posting and some results of that checking are below.

TRUE:  http://www.snopes.com/glurge/nodesks.asp

TRUE:  http://jacksonville.com/news/metro/2010-12-12/story/fact-check-teacher-makes-dramatic-point-about-military-service

TRUE:  http://www.truthorfiction.com/rumors/s/school-desks.htm#.VG4JUnx0zIU


This story may very well be true, but I remember a similar story about 15 years ago.

No doubt there is a refernce to this similar thing happening 15 years ago on the 'net, so please post it.

Personally, I don't give a ratz azz about finding a link anout an article 15 years ago, a waste of time.  My memory serves me well enough.

I can't remember what I had for lunch two days ago but can remember loaning $1 25 years ago and never getting paid back...sonofabitch!
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Post  Skeptical on Sat Nov 22, 2014 9:52 am

Darth Cheney wrote:
nightlight88 wrote:
Skeptical wrote:
nightlight88 wrote:
Skeptical wrote:
nightlight88 wrote:I am not sure this may be an urban legend.

The same type of story, different names, floated aound about 15 years ago.

Great story but not sure if it is true.

What are the links to the same type of story, different names that floated aound about 15 years ago?


I agree many "word of mouth" stories are not true  so when I heard of this one I did some checking before posting and some results of that checking are below.

TRUE:  http://www.snopes.com/glurge/nodesks.asp

TRUE:  http://jacksonville.com/news/metro/2010-12-12/story/fact-check-teacher-makes-dramatic-point-about-military-service

TRUE:  http://www.truthorfiction.com/rumors/s/school-desks.htm#.VG4JUnx0zIU


This story may very well be true, but I remember a similar story about 15 years ago.

No doubt there is a refernce to this similar thing happening 15 years ago on the 'net, so please post it.

Personally, I don't give a ratz azz about finding a link anout an article 15 years ago, a waste of time.  My memory serves me well enough.

I can't remember what I had for lunch two days ago but can remember loaning $1 25 years ago and never getting paid back...sonofabitch!

Ahhhh, a classic case of short term sometimers !! bounce bounce bounce
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Post  Darth Cheney on Sat Nov 22, 2014 10:58 am

Skeptical wrote:
Darth Cheney wrote:
nightlight88 wrote:
Skeptical wrote:
nightlight88 wrote:
Skeptical wrote:
nightlight88 wrote:I am not sure this may be an urban legend.

The same type of story, different names, floated aound about 15 years ago.

Great story but not sure if it is true.

What are the links to the same type of story, different names that floated aound about 15 years ago?


I agree many "word of mouth" stories are not true  so when I heard of this one I did some checking before posting and some results of that checking are below.

TRUE:  http://www.snopes.com/glurge/nodesks.asp

TRUE:  http://jacksonville.com/news/metro/2010-12-12/story/fact-check-teacher-makes-dramatic-point-about-military-service

TRUE:  http://www.truthorfiction.com/rumors/s/school-desks.htm#.VG4JUnx0zIU


This story may very well be true, but I remember a similar story about 15 years ago.

No doubt there is a refernce to this similar thing happening 15 years ago on the 'net, so please post it.

Personally, I don't give a ratz azz about finding a link anout an article 15 years ago, a waste of time.  My memory serves me well enough.

I can't remember what I had for lunch two days ago but can remember loaning $1 25 years ago and never getting paid back...sonofabitch!

Ahhhh, a classic case of short term sometimers !! bounce bounce bounce

I'm charging you compound interest.
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Post  Just Braying It on Sat Nov 22, 2014 11:27 am

I wonder if there were any Indian kids in the classroom. Probably not, because that would be awkward.

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Post  Skeptical on Sat Nov 22, 2014 1:06 pm

Darth Cheney wrote:
Skeptical wrote:
Darth Cheney wrote:

I can't remember what I had for lunch two days ago but can remember loaning $1 25 years ago and never getting paid back...sonofabitch!

Ahhhh, a classic case of short term sometimers !! bounce bounce bounce

I'm charging you compound interest.

Rather owe to you than beat you out of it !! cheers cheers
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