Wednesday, October 9, 2013



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 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 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 show you.'

At this point, Martha Cothren went over to the door of her classroom and opened it. Twenty-seven 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. And this teacher was awarded Teacher of the Year for the state of Arkansas in 2006.

Please consider telling others about this message...tell them to come here to read and ponder then pass along, so none of us will ever forget that the freedoms we have in this great country were earned by U. S. Veterans.


Kracken said...

Wow for my first time back ( yes I have been remiss) that gave me goose bumps. Let me get to reading some more my lady! I must catch up on you lovely comings and goings!

Kracken said...

PS is there a way to add a "follow by email" link on your site? Just curious.

Houston A.W. Knight said...


I've missed your smiling words. I went to your blog with the answer about the e-mail follow...but I'll repeat here...yes, look at the left sidebar about 4 icons down and you'll see the e-mail follow.

Hugs me darlin!
I've missed ya!

Kracken said...

Well how couldI have missed that! Sheesh! Well I am back and looking forward for things to come! ;)

Houston A.W. Knight said...

LOL...miss the icon or the hint of things to be announced?