Sometimes children need a little help with dissecting poetry in the classroom. One Florida teacher thought by bringing Lil Wayne’s racy lyrics into the discussion that it would ease the transition to other more verbose poets. Now that teacher is finding herself out of a job temporarily as she was suspended after the school received complaints about the inappropriate homework assignment.
For homework, the teacher of The Charter Schools of Boynton Beach school gave her eighth grade classroom Lil Wayne’s song “Six Foot, Seven Foot” to dissect. That said, when the children came home with the assignment, some parents were very concerned about the content of the Lil Wayne song.
One parent voiced her concern about the assignment to WPTV:
“This is crazy. They shouldn’t be giving this to kids in school…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?”
The outrage over the Lil Wayne song being included in homework for eighth graders grew considerably, and the headmaster of The Charter Schools of Boynton Beach, Wayne Owens, was forced to speak out and suspend the teacher who was responsible for the assignment. It’s said that other than the current matter, the teacher had an “unblemished record.”
In a statement regarding the Lil Wayne assignment, Owens said:
“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. 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.”
Just to get a taste of the Lil Wayne song, here’s a few lyrics we can report on. Of course, the lyrics grow more inappropriate as the verses go on:
“Excuse my charisma, vodka with a spritzer/ swagger down pat, call my s–t Patricia/ Young Money militia, and I am the commissioner/ you don’t want start Weezy, ’cause the F is for Finisher/ so misunderstood/ but what’s a World without enigma?/ two b—hes at the same time, synchronized swimmers.”
This isn’t the first time Lil Wayne made his way into the classroom. Back in December, a Kansas school had a poster of Lil Wayne that said, “Good Kush and Alcohol,” which was only noted when a religious flier was posted and subsequently removed.