South Florida middle school teacher was recently suspended after assigning students with Lil' Wayne
reports, the eighth grade English teacher at the Charter Schools of Boynton Beach handed his students uncensored lyrics to the rapper's "Six Foot Seven Foot
" song, causing an outrage among parents."This is crazy. They shouldn't be giving this to kids in school,"
said parent Vanessa Guzman
. "I'm uncomfortable reading any of this. They shouldn't be teaching this stuff in school for language arts. I mean, who in their right mind would give kids something like this?"
Headmaster Wayne Owens
was quick to release an official statement, noting that the likes of Poe
were already covered."The lesson was for students to learn to identify literary devices,"
Owens said. "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. 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."
As parent Guzman further noted, the assignment is "telling the kids it's okay to swear,"
adding that although out-of-the-box approach is always welcome, this one went too far. "That is not appropriate at all,"
Administrators have also pointed out that the teacher's record was flawless until now, resulting in a three-day suspension.