Share This

Google+ Badge

Saturday, September 7, 2013


In September of 2005,  on the first day of school, Martha Cothren, a History 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 in her classroom. When the first period kids entered the room  they discovered that there were no desks.  'Ms. Cothren, where are our  desks?'
She replied, 'You can't  have a desk until you tell me how you 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  behavior.'
    And  so, they came and went, the first period, second period, third period. Still no  desks in the classroom. Kids called their parents to tell them what was  happening and by early afternoon television news crews had started gathering at  the school 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 desk-less 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 uniform, 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. 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.'
    By  the way, this is a true story. And this teacher was awarded Veterans of Foreign  Wars Teacher of the Year for the State of Arkansas in 2006. She is the daughter  of a WWII POW.

    Do you think this email is worth passing along so others won't forget either,  that the freedoms we have in this great country were earned  by             our  U.S. Veterans?  ................... I did.
Let us always remember  the men and women of our military and the rights they have won for  us.

> > Blessings  abound in our  USA!