Florida Teacher Suspended After Giving Lil Wayne Lyrics as Homework
By Shannon Carlin
For years, teachers have been trying to make learning fun by incorporating pop culture touchstones that kids like. But one teacher in South Florida might have gone too far when he assigned Lil Wayne lyrics for homework.
According to WPTV in Florida, an unidentified middle school teacher from a charter school in Boynton Beach, FL was suspended last month after distributing the uncensored lyrics of Wayne’s song “Six Foot Seven Foot” to his students.
With lyrics like “You full of s***, you close your mouth and let yo’ a** talk” and “Never met the b****, but I f*** her like I missed her” it’s no surprise that some parents weren’t too happy with the assignment, which asked kids to underline examples of expressive language in the song.
“They shouldn’t be teaching this stuff in school for language arts,” a mom from the school told WPTV. “I mean, who in their right mind would give kids something like this?”
In a statement from the school’s headmaster, Wayne Owens, he explains that the teacher was trying to think out of the box, but may have went too far.
“The lesson was for students to learn to identify literary devices. The teacher had already introduced Edgar Allen Poe and Shakespeare,” Owens said. “Students were having difficulty grasping the concepts of literary devices such as: pun, simile, metaphor, so the teacher used colloquial material. 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 had a clean record before this incident, was suspended for three days.