They Paid the Price!

Dedicated to our Veterans, and in memory of the fallen at Ft. Hood:

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 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.
Looking around, confused, they asked, ‘Ms. Cothren, where’re our

She replied, ‘You can’t have a desk until you tell me what you
have done to 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

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) U.S. 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.’


3 thoughts on “They Paid the Price!

  1. If you are so concerned than I suggest you get your ass to the nearest recruiting station and sign up! Words are empty, actions speak louder than words chicken hawks! It is easy to “honor” those who serve when you or your loved ones are not in danger of being killed.

  2. DavATA, because you cannot articulate a reasoned argument for the other side is no reason to throw a fit like a 3rd grader.

    There was nothing political about this post. Are you really saying that we should stop observing Memorial Day and Labor Day and honoring those who die because not every 300,000,000 American is rushing off to war?

    Do you fight fires with your local fire department? Do you teach children in inner cities? Do you fight crime with your local police department?

    Would you have to in order to support any of them?

    In a nutshell, DON’T BE AN IDIOT!

    Sorry folks, but really stupid people anger me.

  3. DavATA, my baby brother has been to BOTH wars. I’ve lost two of my friends. One came back with serious injuries. Several cousins have gone, too. Don’t you dare tell me that I don’t know anything about the people I love being in danger of dying.

    I would be there in a heartbeat if I were allowed to serve. And this I promise, if he doesn’t wait until I’m too old to enlist, the instant Obama does away with DADT I’ll be in a recruiters’ office again to sign my life away. I won’t do it to make a political statement, either. It won’t matter what my orientation is. What will is making sure I’m doing my job and keeping an eye on my friends’ backs.

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