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Ms. Martha Cothren

Wrong Martha Cothren?

History Teacher

Local Address: Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
Robinson High School
 
Background

Employment History

  • Social Studies School Teacher
    Robinson High School
  • Teacher
    Joe T. Robinson High School
200 Total References
Web References
Canadian Veterans: Stories We Remember - News and Events
www.spiritofcanada.com, 14 Oct 2014 [cached]
Back in September, on the first day of school, Martha Cothren, a social studies school teacher at Robinson High School , 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.
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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) War 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.
In September of 2005, Martha ...
news.csa1.com, 27 May 2014 [cached]
In September of 2005, Martha Cothren, a History teacher at Robinson High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, gave her class a pop quiz on the first day of school which I suspect will never be forgotten. It began with the permission of the school superintendent, the principal and the building supervisor to remove all of the student desks from her classroom.
As the first period kids entered the room, the looks of disbelief and confusion were followed immediately by, "Ms. Cothren, where are our desks?"
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The final period of the day arrived, and as the puzzled students found seats on the floor of the empty 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 tell you."
Martha Cothren then went to the door of her classroom and opened it.
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Martha Cothren, Robinson High School, Little Rock, Arkansas, and daughter of a WWII POW, was awarded Veterans of Foreign Wars Teacher of the Year for the State of Arkansas in 2006. Hoo-rah!
I have a good friend, Martha ...
www.mikehuckabee.com, 2 July 2014 [cached]
I have a good friend, Martha Cothren, a social studies teacher at Joe T. Robinson High School, in Little Rock. Her father was a WWII POW, and she is a true patriot. On the first day of school in 2005, Martha wanted to give her students a lesson on freedom they wouldn't forget. With the permission of her principal, she removed the desks from her classroom. When the students came for first period and asked where their desks were, Martha told them they would get a desk when they could tell her how to earn one. Students suggested good grades, or good behavior, but Martha told them while those were important, it wouldn't earn them a desk. As each period came and went, students were stumped as to how to earn a desk and word spread across campus about the teacher who had lost her mind and taken the desks out. Students called their parents, some called the media and local television crews showed up to find out what was going on. At the last period of the school day, when no student had correctly answered how to earn a desk, Martha Cothren went to the classroom door and opened it, and welcomed a parade of veterans who walked in carrying school desks. As they brought in the desks and lined them in rows, Martha told them, "Kids, you don't have to earn your desks; these guys already did.
"On the first day of school ...
www.bettykincaid.com [cached]
"On the first day of school in 2005, Martha Cothren, a teacher at Joe T. Robinson High School in Little Rock, was determined that her students would not take their education or their privilege as Americans for granted. With the principal's permission, she removed all the desks from her classroom. The students entered the empty room and asked, "Mrs. Cothren, where are our desks?"
"You get a desk when you tell me how you earn it," she replied.
"Making good grades? asked one student.
"You ought to make good grades, but that won't get you a desk," Martha responded.
"I guess we have to behave," offered another.
"You will behave in my class," Mrs. Cothren retorted, "but that won't get you a desk, either."
No one in first period guessed right. Same for second period.
By lunch, the buzz was all over campus. Mrs. Cothren had flipped out, wouldn't let her students have a desk. Kids had used their cell phones and called their parents. By early afternoon, all four of the local network TV affiliates had camera crews at the school to report on the teacher who wouldn't let her students have a desk unless they could tell her how they earned it. By the final period, no one had guessed correctly.
As the students filed in, Martha Cothren said, "Well, I didn't think you would figure it out, so I'll have to tell you."
Martha opened the door of her classroom. In walked 27 veterans, some wearing uniforms from years gone by, but each one carrying a school desk.
As they carefully and quietly arranged the desks in neat rows, Martha said, "You don't have to earn your desks.
Pat & Claudia’s Blog
www.pbnradio.com, 1 April 2014 [cached]
In September of 2005, on the first day of school, Martha Cothren, a History 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 in her classroom. When the first period kids entered the room they discovered that there were no desks.
'Ms. Cothren, where are our desks?'
She replied, 'You can't have a desk until you tell me how you earn the right to sit at a desk.'
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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 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 uniform, 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.
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