November 1 - A Lesson That Should Be Taught Everywhere

A social studies teacher at Robinson High School In Little Rock, had all the desks removed from her classroom...

On the first day of school in September 2005, Martha Cothren, a social studies teacher at Robinson High School In Little Rock, taught an unforgettable lesson.

On this first day of school...with permission of the Superintendent, the principal, and building supervisor, she had all the desks removed from her classroom.

When the first period kids entered...they discovered no desks. They asked, "Mrs. Cothren, where are our desks?"

She replied, "You can't have a desk until you tell me what you have done to earn the right to sit at a desk." During this day the answers were all over the board...

"Because of our good grades" or "Maybe it's because of good behavior."

And so they came and went...by early afternoon television crews had gathered in the classroom to report on this crazy teacher who had taken all the desks away.

Now it's the final period of the day when Martha Cothren said, "Throughout this 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 ordinarily found in this classroom. Now I am going to tell you!"

At this point she opened the door and twenty-seven (27) United States veterans, Army, Marines, Air Force and Navy, all in uniform, walked in, each carrying a desk. These vets placed the desks in rows, walked over and stood at attention along the wall.

Martha said, "You didn't earn the right to sit at these desks. These heroes did it for you! Now it's up to you to sit in them. It's your responsibility to learn, to be good students, to be good citizens. They paid the price so that you could have the freedom to have an education. DON'T EVER FORGET IT!"

"Finally...whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable...if anything is excellent or praiseworthy... think about such things" (Philippians 4:8).

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A LESSON THAT SHOULD BE TAUGHT EVERYWHERE

        On the first day of school in September 2005, Martha Cothren, a social studies teacher at Robinson High School In Little Rock, taught an unforgettable lesson.

          On this first day of school...with permission of the Superintendent, the principal, and building supervisor, she had all the desks removed from her classroom.

          When the first period kids entered...they discovered no desks.  They asked, "Mrs. Cothren, where are our desks?"

          She replied, "You can't have a desk until you tell me what you have done to earn the right to sit at a desk."  During this day the answers were all over the board...

          "Because of our good grades" or "Maybe it's because of good behavior."

          And so they came and went...by early afternoon television crews had gathered in the classroom to report on this crazy teacher who had taken all the desks away.

          Now it's the final period of the day when Martha Cothren said, "Throughout this 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 ordinarily found in this classroom.  Now I am going to tell you!"

          At this point she opened the door and twenty-seven (27) United States veterans, Army, Marines, Air Force and Navy, all in uniform, walked in, each carrying a desk.  These vets placed the desks in rows, walked over and stood at attention along the wall. 

          Martha said, "You didn't earn the right to sit at these desks.  These heroes did it for you!  Now it's up to you to sit in them.  It's your responsibility to learn, to be good students, to be good citizens.  They paid the price so that you could have the freedom to have an education.  DON'T EVER FORGET IT!"

 

          "Finally...whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable...if anything is excellent or praiseworthy... think about such things" (Philippians 4:8).