Why a Teacher Removed all of the Desks in Her Classroom

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school deskBack 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.
 
When the first period kids entered the room they discovered that there were no desks.
 
'Ms. Cothren, where're 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.
 
By 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.
 
The 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/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 it.'
 
By the way, this is a true story.

REMEMBER  the freedoms we have in this great country were earned by U. S. Veterans.

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Rebecca - This is just awesome.  I came across Steve Hoffacker's reblog of this and had to come over and comment directly on your post.  There should be more teachers like Martha Cothren who inspire their students with what the true cost of freedom is and to be forever grateful for those who made it possible.

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Everyone.....thank you for stopping by to read this inspirational story.  As Brian stated, a great lesson and the kids will remember it forever.

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Thanks for sharing this story.  This teacher has made a strong impression on these kids that most of them probably will never forget.  It's wonderful to hear about great teachers that have the courage teach real lessons and find creative ways to help these lessons sink in.

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THanks so much Rebecca for sharing this post lest we forget that fredom is not free. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

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Hi Rebecca, thanks for sharing this story.  We should never forget that freedom isn't free.

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