Florida teacher suspended for assigning Lil Wayne lyrics for homework

Teacher asked students to examine Wayne's "Six Foot Seven Foot" for examples of figurative language.
By Evan Bleier   |   Feb. 5, 2014 at 8:29 AM   |   Comments

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BOYNTON BEACH , Fla., Feb. 5 (UPI) -- A Florida English teacher is in big trouble after an incident revolving around the lyrics of a pint-sized rapper.

The Charter Schools of Boynton Beach suspended an eighth-grade teacher for three days for assigning students homework that asked them to examine explicit lyrics from rapper Lil Wayne for examples of figurative language.

The teacher apparently asked students to pick apart the song “Six Foot Seven Foot.”

Here’s a sampling of the words:

“[Expletive] that [expletive], my money up, you [expletive] just Honey Nut
Young Money running [expletive] and you [expletive] just runner-ups
I don't feel I done enough, so I'ma keep on doing this [expletive]

“This is crazy. They shouldn’t be giving this to kids in school,” parent Vanessa Guzman told WPTV. “Who in their right mind would give kids something like this? I’m uncomfortable reading any of this.”

School policy is to use “G-rated material” that must be pre-approved.

“The lesson was for students to learn to identify literary devices. The teacher had already introduced Edgar Allen Poe and Shakespeare. Students were having difficulty grasping the concepts of literary devices such as: pun, simile, metaphor, so the teacher used colloquial material,” Charter Schools of Boynton Beach headmaster Wayne Owens said in a statement. “This material did not meet the school’s standards and was not approved. The teacher recognizes that it was totally inappropriate for a school assignment.”

The teacher who assigned the song had a clean previous record.

[CBS Tampa]

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