Back in September of 2005, on the first day of school, Martha Cothren,
a social studies school teacher at RobinsonHigh School in LittleRock, did
something not to be forgotten. On the first day of school, with
permission of the school superintendent and the principal, she took all of the
desks out of the classroom.
The students came into first period and discovered there were no desks.
They looked around and asked, “Ms. Cothren, where are our desks?”
She replied, “You can’t have a desk until you tell me how you earn
They thought, “Well, maybe it’s our grades.”
“No,” she answered.
“Maybe it’s our behavior.”
She told them, “No, it’s not your behavior.”
And so they came and went in the first period, still no desks in the
classroom. Second period, same thing and third period-no desks. 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
She stated to her students, “Throughout the day no one has really
understood how you earn the desks that ordinarily sit in this classroom.”
She added, “Now I’m going to show you.”
Martha Cothren went over to the door of her classroom and opened it. 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 walls.
By the time they had finished placing those desks, those kids for the
first time understood how they earned those desks. FREEDOM!
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 to sit in and to learn.”
Our soldiers serve their country, their families, and the untold
students in our classrooms all over the USA. Thank a soldier by praying for their
safety and their mission. May they come home to their families soon. God bless
and have mercy upon our country and each of its citizens, you and me
Thanks Ann for Sharing the Story.