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The Desks
Back in September of 2005, on the first day of school, Martha Cothren, a social studies teacher at Robinson High School in Little Rock, Arkansas 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 her classroom.
The kids came into first period and there were no desks. They obviously looked around and said, "Ms. Cothren, where's our desks?" And she said, "You can't have a desk until you tell me how you earn them." 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 in the first period, still no desks in the classroom. Second period, same thing, and third period too. 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 said, "Throughout the day no one has really understood how you earn the desks that sit in this classroom ordinarily. Now I'm going to tell you."
Martha Cothren went over to the door of her classroom, opened it, and as she did, 27 U.S. veterans wearing their uniforms, walked into the classroom, each one carrying a school desk. They placed the desks in neat, orderly rows, and then walked over and lined up against the wall.
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 responsibly to learn, to be good students and good citizens, because they paid a high price for you to have that desk, and don't ever forget it."
Please remember our Troops!