Posted by Arthur Stillwell on Apr 28, 2014 under

Every school district needs at least one teacher like this. Maybe there

wouldn't be so much of an entitlement attitude going around with today's

generation of kids.



Back in September of 2005, on the first day of school, Martha Cothren, a

Military History

teacher at Robinson High School in Little Rock , did something not to be



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.


*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 us. Blessings

abound in the USA!*

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