A True Story…how you earn the right to sit at a desk

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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.

the first period kids entered the room they discovered that
there were no desks.

Cothren, where're our desks?'

replied, 'You can't have a desk until you tell me how you earn
the right to sit at a desk.'

thought, 'Well, maybe it's our grades.'

she said.

'Maybe it's our behavior.'

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.

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.

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 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 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

the way, this is a true story.  And this teacher was
awarded Teacher of the Year for the state of Arkansas in

Please consider passing
this along so others won't forget either that the freedoms we
have in this great country were earned by U.S. Veterans. Always
remember them and the rights they have won for








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