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
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 classroom devoid of desks, Martha Cothren
said, "Throughout the day no one has been able to tell me just what he
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.
said, "You didn't earn the right to sit at these desks.
Maybe they are not as dramatic as Martha
, but many of them are doing their best to really teach the children.
In fact, one of my neighbors, Len, has been a teacher for many years.
has a wonderful heart for his