I have to admit I was highly amused at this letter from a teacher who has a creative use for me in detention. School may be out, but maybe this will be an inspiration for other teachers when they return in the fall!
Hello Doc! I am a middle school teacher in [the Southwest], and I stream your show and often listen before school, during lunch breaks and after school (it truly calms me down). When I would give a kid after-school detention, I would always still have your show on, playing it just loud enough for them to hear, hoping they would learn something extra (but always fast-forwarding to the next call if it was a sexual or adult-type of question).
There were always repeat visitors to detention, and they would always moan and groan about having to listen to the show at the beginning, but as these kids started listening and enjoying the show, it was amazing how they would police each other into being quiet so that they could hear or not be distracted from listening to it! Until one day….
A girl was being, let’s just say…an eighth-grader, and I warned her about her punishment of detention. Her reply was “Good! I wanted to know if that lady did what Dr. Laura told her to do and if it worked.” I guess previously you had given a caller an assignment and they were supposed to call back. I couldn’t help but laugh. The student still got detention, but everybody that day was punished because I didn’t turn on your broadcast! Thanks for the show!