Adolescents are typically self-absorbed. It goes with the age and the developmental level. It is inspiring when we see someone take the time to make a real impact on the lives of young people today.
Perhaps no one is better suited to do that than parents, teachers and veterans. All three have the power to influence children and teenagers in dramatic and unforeseen ways.
The Political Insider reminds us of a viral story that first emerged several years ago. As the story goes, Martha Cothren, a high school teacher in Little Rock, Arkansas made an impact on her students on the very first day. As her students entered the classroom, the found the room empty.
There were no desks for the students.
When questioned, Ms. Cothren replied, “You can’t have a desk until you tell me how you earn the right to sit at a desk.” The puzzled students thought for a moment. Grades? Behavior? None of the students could figure it out.
As the day neared its end, Ms. Cothren gathered her students.
“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,” Ms. Cothren said. Then she opened the door.
Twenty-seven uniformed veterans entered the room, each carrying a desk. They placed them down one by one then lined up along a wall.
“You didn’t earn the right to sit at these desks,” Ms. Cothran said.
“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.”
Can you imagine what it was like to be Ms. Cothran’s student that year?
Surely no student could enter her classroom that year without feeling grateful to be there.
We need more teachers like this. We need leaders who value our veterans and who teach our children to value them as well.
Source: The Political Insider