Chariho School Parents’ Forum

May 8, 2007

A pleasant story – for a change

Filed under: National,PC — Editor @ 2:19 pm

This was sent to me and I thought you all would enjoy it.

This is a true story.  It was mentioned by Governor Huckabee at the CPAC conference in March.
http://www.snopes.com/glurge/nodesks.asp

******************************** In September of 2005, a social studies schoolteacher from
Arkansas 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, they walked in; there were no desks. They obviously looked around and said, “Where’s our desks?”

The teacher 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. By early afternoon television news crews had gathered in the class to find out about this crazy teacher who had taken all the desks out of the classroom. The last period of the day, the instructor gathered her class.

They were at this time sitting on the floor around the sides of the room. She said, “Throughout the day no one has really understood how you earn the desks that sit in this classroom ordinarily. Now I’m going to tell you.”

She 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. By the time they had finished placing the desks, those kids for the first time I think perhaps in their lives understood how they earned those desks.

Their teacher 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.”

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December 21, 2006

Merry Christmas – even in California

Filed under: National,PC — Editor @ 9:45 pm

Winter and Spring breaks are once again called Christmas and Easter break in a California school district

“We’re just trying to uphold American cultural and religious history,” said Chad Vegas, a minister and member of the Kern High School Board of Trustees who proposed the name changes Dec. 6.

“Uphold American culture and religious history” –  in California no less.  It looks like it will be a very merry Christmas!  

My best wishes to you and yours for a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and a prosperous and moral New Year.