School Teacher Suspended for Using Lil Wayne Lyrics as Homework Assignment

"The teacher had already introduced Edgar Allen Poe and Shakespeare," official statement reads.

School Teacher Suspended for Using Lil Wayne Lyrics as Homework Assignment
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South Florida middle school teacher was recently suspended after assigning students with Lil' Wayne lyrics homework.

AsĀ WPTV 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 and Shakespeare 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," she concluded.

Administrators have also pointed out that the teacher's record was flawless until now, resulting in a three-day suspension.

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    jamie_hough
    Obviously Lil Wayne isn't going to get much love round these here parts but that's sort of irrelevant. Parents like this annoy the hell out of me, getting pointlessly offended cause they think they're following some holier than thou parenting technique, whilst getting some sick kick out of suspending a teacher.
    Dannym95
    Parents are bellends sometimes.
    mrsuns10
    What the hell is a bellend anyway?
    Crackheadrich
    Its funny because their problem seems to be with teaching kids swear words and that its ok to swear, when they have probably already picked up swearing many years before from, funnily enough, their parents.
    GodzillaRAWRRR
    I know I like how parents have no problem with it being on the radio or their kids listening to it on their computers and what not.
    crazysam23_Atax
    The stupidity of it, on the teacher's part, is that Lil Wayne's literary value is very low. I understand the teacher's intent, but her mistake was choosing something that had the literary value of a bad poetry slam.
    EL2T
    The aim was to show literary devices, not subtlety.
    Shadow914
    They stated the kids could not grasp it from Poe and Shakespeare, so these teachers are really sinking so low as to use something as incompetent as lil wayne lyrics? And they wonder why these kids and this generation are becoming more and more rudimentary. It's people like these that help the nation's IQ decrease a few points every year.
    nboyjn
    Lil Wayne's current releases are crap, but that's what the kids are listening to and that's what will spark their interest. Yes, Biggie, Nas and Wu Tang would be better to analyze, but sadly, not many 13-year-olds are listening to good hip hop these days.
    cRACk mONKEyTTU
    I'm sure it was not only to find effective literary devices, but also ineffective usage of words and devices. I completely understand why the teacher would choose a current "popular" artist to reach the kids, it tends to work better and the parents should be ashamed about their actions. You can learn something new from just about anything, even if its learning what not to do.
    rebreh
    I could see how it could help. He does have a lot of metaphors and similes that most kids can easily decipher.
    dyingturtle
    Perhaps the parents wish to raise their children with values? That's a bit harder to do when they're being educated with trash.
    Nirvana_RATM2
    " Parents like this annoy the hell out of me"I don't care about Waynes musical credibility but some things are just done in poor taste. For example, handing preteens ( children ) a paper with lyrics like[b]Two bitches at the same time, synchronized swimmersNever met the bitch but I **** her like I missed her [b]Fuck that shit, my money up, you niggas just Honey NutMarried to the money, **** the world, that's adulteryYou full of shit, you close your mouth and let yo ass talk Amongst others.
    JD Close
    Exactly. I guarantee that this Vanessa Guzman is related to Chappo somehow.
    crazysam23_Atax
    "Headmaster Wayne Owens was quick to release an official statement, noting that the likes of Poe and Shakespeare were already covered." That's great. There's tons more literary works (many of which are fairly simplistic) that have more substance than Lil Wayne.
    alfie9000
    I hate Lil wayne but C'mon, in a way this is a form of education despite Lil wayne not being educated himself. Kids dig this sorta stuff and will probably learn more from it then learning about Shakespeare due to it being more relevant and very very simple.
    headbanger987
    I'm not personally someone who would listen to rap music, but in schools nowadays 95% of the kids do and an assignment like this would like you said be interested in learning about the songs they listen to and to learn what they mean. I think it would've been better though if he gave out a song with CLEAN lyrics and hopefully it wouldn't be about Pussy, Gangs, Drugs, etc. I feel bad for the teacher because he just wanted to get the kids to enjoy what they were doing and they prob. would have taken the assignment more seriously then identifying some Shakespeare poems, because most kids that age couldn't give a shit less about what Shakespeare wrote.
    headbanger987
    I'm not personally someone who would listen to rap music, but in schools nowadays 95% of the kids do and an assignment like this would like you said be interested in learning about the songs they listen to and to learn what they mean. I think it would've been better though if he gave out a song with CLEAN lyrics and hopefully it wouldn't be about Pussy, Gangs, Drugs, etc. I feel bad for the teacher because he just wanted to get the kids to enjoy what they were doing and they prob. would have taken the assignment more seriously then identifying some Shakespeare poems, because most kids that age couldn't give a shit less about what Shakespeare wrote.
    MaggaraMarine
    Yeah, I think the teacher was smart when using material kids are interested in. Most kids are not interested in Shakespeare and that makes learning harder. You learn faster when you do something you like. And analyzing your favorite song/lyrics is interesting and it also makes the subject (in this case metaphors) interesting and way easier to understand. Yes, maybe the lyrics should have been "cleaner" but really, come on. Is swearing so bad?
    freetotheworld1
    It's not holier than thou; some parents don't think swearing and sexual references are appropriate for homework. Are we not to respect their view?
    estabon37
    Whether or not we respect parents' views depends on whether or not the material can serve a purpose in the classroom. Keep in mind that novels such as Catch-22, 1984, Uncle Tom's Cabin, and The Grapes of Wrath (among many others) have all been banned by various countries and districts for offending their sensibilities, usually over violent and sexual content. Those novels are now considered classics, and many parents wish these novels were taught in schools over others. I'm not saying that years from now people will wish that every teacher used Lil Wayne lyrics as a teaching device, but I think it's likely that people will look back at this teacher's suspension and wonder both what the big problem was, and "who the hell is Lil Wayne?" (hopefully).
    riti
    Damn! I was assigned to write about The Cure's song "Just Like In Heaven" was not a big deal. Honestly it felt good.
    robo37
    The difference is that actual skill and creative writing went into Just Like In Heaven.
    AdamLeMoine
    I had an english teacher who used Tupac lyrics as poetry examples, and assigned us with a project where we would all take lyrics from three of our favorite songs and pick out metaphors, similes, etc inside those lyrics. Tbh, it was much more interesting than reading Poe for the 14th time and I took a lot from that class and that teacher.
    evanfurillo
    tupac is an amazing lyricist! lil wayne couldn't even dream of coming close to writing lyrics like that
    Human371
    According to that headmaster, the 3 literary minds children should know: 1. Poe 2. Shakespeare 3. Lil Wayne.....rigggghhtttt.
    matteo cubano
    Why Lil Wayne over Eminem if you're teaching language by use of rap lyrics?
    KerNeL_KLuTcH
    yeah Eminem is god at multi-syllabic rhyming and vocabulary. lil wayne rhymes "nigga" with "nigga", so much talent. But people would probably freak out more about eminem.
    soundgarden6742
    Even the fact that the lyrics are uncensored shouldn't matter. It's not like the kids aren't using all of those words already.
    jimihendrix6699
    so the teacher was making an actual attempt to connect with the students so they would actually get the point and learn, **** her right?