Hip-hop and education aren’t exactly mutually exclusive, especially on the collegiate level where entire courses are dedicated to studying the greats like Tupac and Nas. But eighth grade may not be the best audience for Lil Wayne lyrics as a homework assignment.
An eighth grade English teacher at Charter Schools of Boynton Beach in Florida was having trouble teaching her students literary devices through Edgar Allan Poe and Shakespeare. So she gave the students the uncensored lyrics to Lil Wayne’s “6 Foot 7 Foot” to point out figurative language.
According to WPTV.com, the teacher was suspended for three days for handing out the lyrics as a homework assignment. The school’s head master Wayne Owens said the material was not approved. In a written statement, he explains the school and the teacher’s position.
"The lesson was for students to learn to identify literary devices," he wrote. "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.
Teaching materials are typically approved by school officials before being distributed to students. "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."
Considering the profanity and sexual references in the song parents weren’t thrilled about the assignment.
"This is crazy. They shouldn't be giving this to kids in school," said Vanessa Guzman, whose son got the homework assignment. "I'm uncomfortable reading any of this...I mean, who in their right mind would give kids something like this?"