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Just in time for Remembrance Day:

Posted: Sat Jun 09, 2007 5:23 pm Post subject: Gotta love this teacher· Quote
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 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
They obviously looked around and said, "Ms. Cothren, where's our

And she said, "You can't have a desk until you tell me how you earn

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 was the same. By

early afternoon, television news crews had gathered in Ms. Cothren's

class to find out about this crazy teacher who had taken all the
desks out of the classroom.

The last period of the day, Martha Cothren gathered her class. They
were at this time sitting on the floor around the sides of the room.

And she says, "Throughout the day no one has really understood how
you earn the desks that sit in this classroom ordinarily."

She said, "Now I'm going to tell you." Martha Cothren 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. And by the time they had
finished placing those desks, those kids, for the first time I think

perhaps in their lives, understood how they earned those desks.

Martha 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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what a powerful reminder for not only students but teachers as well. i don't stop often enough to reflect on what simple pleasures we enjoy and how we got them. thank you for the post~


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I love this story

My Dad ,a Vietnam War veteran, sent me this post a couple weeks ago. It reatains its beauty and power through each read. Happy Veterans' Day to all who served Our Country.:)<!--leaves_fall-->


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This was wonderful! It gave me chills. I forwarded it my husband to read because he is currently serving in Iraq. What a great lesson for those students to learn.



This is a beautiful way to teach chidren the value of freedom. She is awesome to come up with this idea. This brought a tear to my eye.


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What an amazing impact this must have made on those students. I know it touched me. I emailed this to several, including my husband who is also serving in Iraq right now.


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Amazing story. I thank God for the men and women who protect our freedom; for a country where our children are free to learn. Happy Veteran's Day!