One of our viewers, Gary Strange passed on a story I had to share with you. It's about a teacher in Little Rock, Arkansas who cleared her classroom of desks before her students arrived for the day. Upon arriving the kids asked the teacher what happened to their desks.
To which she responded, 'You can't have a desk until you tell me what you have done to earn the right to sit at a desk.' An entire day passed as different students came and went through her classroom with none having the answer she was looking for. The final period of the day came and the teacher 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, the teacher 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 which they placed throughout the classroom.
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. The teacher finally 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.' I want to encourage east Texas teachers to do the same thing as this teacher did. And if you do, please let me know.
The channel 7 news team may want to be there to cover it as you help make this a better east Texas.
I teach 11th grade English at John Tyler High School, and my students refuse to stand for the pledge of allegiance. My fellow colleagues in other classes and grades share the same issues. We explain how people have died to give you the right to be educated, as well as other rights and priveledges. But I'm afraid it falls on deaf ears. Is patriotism becoming extinct?