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Ms. Martha Cothren

Wrong Martha Cothren?

Social Studies School Teacher

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

Employment History

  • History Teacher
    Robinson High School
  • Teacher
    Joe T. Robinson High School
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Back in September of 2005, on ...
www.sajebuild.com, 11 Nov 2014 [cached]
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 permission of the school superintendent, the principal and the building supervisor, she took all of the desks out of the classroom.
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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 says, "Throughout the day no one has really understood how you earn the desks that sit in this classroom ordinarily. She said, "Now I'm going to tell you."
Martha Cothren went over to the door of her classroom and opened it, and as she did 27 U.S. veterans, wearing their uniforms, walked into that classroom, each one carrying a school desk. And they placed those school desks in rows, and then they stood along the wall. And by the time they had finished placing those desks, those kids - for the first time I think perhaps in their lives - understood how they earned those desks.
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 here responsibly to learn, to be good students and good citizens, because they paid a price for you to have that desk, and don't ever forget it."
--- In 2006, the Veterans of Foreign Wars named Martha Cothren their "Teacher of the Year."
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.iqpc.net [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 4 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 ... these guys already did.
Back in September of 2005, on ...
www.sajebuild.com, 3 Oct 2014 [cached]
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 permission of the school superintendent, the principal and the building supervisor, she took all of the desks
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