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Teacher Suspended For Assigning Lil Wayne Lyrics As Homework


(AllHipHop News) Hip Hop has been the source for education courses for years. From 2Pac‘s music being analyzed at the University of Washington to The Notorious B.I.G.‘s “Ten Crack Commandments” being taught as an online business class to Nas becoming the inspiration for a Harvard University fellowship, rapper’s cultural contributions are now actively a part of higher learning.

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It seems one teacher in Florida may have taken rap music’s educational value a little too far. An eighth grade English class at the Charter Schools of Boynton Beach was assigned to read the uncensored version of Lil Wayne’s “6 Foot 7 Foot.” Apparently, the students were instructed to find examples of figurative language in the song, but the explicit lyrics found in Tha Carter IV track upset some parents.

The school administration claims the assignment was not approved. Headmaster Wayne Owens released a statement to WBTV News Channel 5 saying the students were having trouble understanding literary devices, and the teacher decided to use “colloquial material” as a way to help the students grasp the concepts.

Owens added the teacher recognizes the assignment was “inappropriate.” The teacher was suspended for three days.

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Watch the WBTV report and Lil Wayne’s video for “6 Foot 7 Foot” below.

  • Action Jackson

    I mean, Lil Wayne tho? I guess Dead Prez would’ve been too powerful lol

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  • KurtNiceHHL

    The problem is that they were 8th graders. If it were High School kids there may have been less drama. We know these kids probably heard the song before but that may be an assumption for kids who are so young. There are many other artists or even censored versions of the Wayne song that could have been passed out instead. It could have been a good lesson but it was inappropriate for that age audience.

    • Arrie Mental Woodard

      8th graders are teenagers… trust me they are seeing and doing alot of what the song references anyway…. these arent elementary school kids here. 8th graders at my kids school is already G’ing up girls trying to hit and run. lets be real people these kids are not the kids from last generation…. they are way more advanced!

      • Celz

        Two wrongs don’t make a right. Just because kids have bad parents, and friends doesn’t mean they need bad teachers too

      • Arrie Mental Woodard

        true and i agree but i dont think this should qualify him as a bad teacher. this is one example that is getting negative light.

      • Celz

        That is bad though..Kids sneakin explicit content is one thing. But this is an adult, role model, teacher, supervisor deciding that someone else’s child is mature enough to process the material correctly. As a parent you have the right to decide when and how you want to expose things to your kids UNLESS they DISOBEY you and sneak it. This teacher took that right from some of these parents and its wrong. He fucced up bad..

  • MrNoName2K

    Lets see…college/adults..8th graders/kids…i wouldn’t suspend, just reprimand. On the other hand though, Lil Waynes lyrics aint all that hype or have any kid of educational value so idk what the hell was on their minds in the first place. If anything, Ida went Common

  • Carlos

    i see nothing wrong with it. when i was in 8th grade, i had to read books like for example, How to kill a mockingbird, not very explicit but it does have some curse words.I mean, these kids now a days, need to be stimulated to learn, and she was trying something new, something that if my teacher back when i was in school tried i would have paid more attention. I assume she picked Wayne cuz she thought kids would relate to him more. I guess she should have picked clean lyrics. I bet the parent that complained, lets his kid listen to the explicit lyrics and play m rated games.

    • The_Good_Life

      If a student needs lil Wayne for educational stimulation, I’m afraid it is too late for him.

      • Troll_E_G

        U don’t understand his comment I see

      • Judah Nazayar

        But what Good Life said was …TRUE though. (shrug/raised eyebrows)

  • johnblacksad

    What was he thinkin?!

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      lmao

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  • Stay Phokus

    i bet if it was crackermore, she’d be giving a Pulitzer peace prize

    • Judah Nazayar

      u know..?

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  • brotha_man

    more $hit education institution force feed our youth to make them feel worthless. cause im sure the lesson wasn’t on how uplifting the context of his lyrics are. A poem by langston hughes would have worked just fine for the project

  • Durell Green

    He stupid he shoulda picked a song like tie my hands or God bless amerika lmao dumbass bitch

  • Brindle

    DUMB

  • LeTerance Corbitt

    6 foot 7 foot is a song full of metaphors, similes, imagery, and etc… I believe thats what the lesson was about. If y’all knew anything about Lil Wayne, that,s what most of his rhymes are nowadays. Its just that teacher should’ve gotten the clean version.

    • brotha_man

      if that was the lesoon why not chose from many of the black poets. i.e. nikki giovanni

      • LeTerance Corbitt

        Probably to connect with the audience, I guess. If I knew I would tell ya man.lol. But people actually misunderstand Lil Wayne a lot. I mean nowadays, yeah he’s not evening putting an effort in music. But when he does care his lyrics are great. I know some people in my class sometimes use his lyrics for quotes and it works out. But then again I’m 12th not 8th.

      • Arrie Mental Woodard

        sometimes you have to use whats popular to get thru to kids… this is a different day and age. trust me all those kids probably knew every word to that song anyway! i applaud this man for trying to et thru to the kids, maybe pick a different artist next time so you dont get suspended, but i can see what he was trying to do

      • brotha_man

        nothing wrong with inspiring….who knows the impact that writers like Ralph Ellison, Alex haley, alice walker, W.E.B DuBois, Maya Angelou, Walter Mosley, Richard wright, langston hughes would have on a young black boy and girl…but we will never know because teachers are dumbing down inspiration.
        My mother always asked me this question when i got in trouble “is it better to be popular or smart?????
        as a father of my own seed i would actually be upset that out of all the pioneers in our culture “lil wayne” is the one the teacher choose….

    • Celz

      Context bro.. These are impressionable children. The parents have the right to try to control mature content to their children. This assignment would be positive for most kids, but with 15 minutes more work the teacher could have came with an assignment that was beneficial to all kids. All he/she had to do was cherry pick similes, metaphors, and lines that were neither then censor them and have the kids categorize them.

      • LeTerance Corbitt

        But lets be real here, majority of them know song and even word for word. The only thing that I see is that he used profanity, and I guarantee almost all them kids used cussing words, so lets not act like they haven’t said that or never even heard them words before. All the teacher had to do is pick like 3-4 bars out and that’s it.

      • Celz

        A majority of kids drink, smoke, and fight. But those that watch their parents or OTHER trusted role models do it tend to have deeper issues. Since most kids have seen porn or had sex I guess he could do the next project with a Bang Bros video.. Two wrongs never make a right, it just makes an excuse..

  • With an education like this, no wonder the welfare program is so packed. A 3 day suspension was not enough.

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  • Man fukk a suspension, teacher shoulda been fired for even lettin the fool ass thought cross his/her mind to use WAYNE outta ALL the people who coulda been chosen and been much more suitable (Kendrick perhaps???). Call me crazy, but if I were a teacher I don’t think I’d be too keen on gradin a bunch of homework assignments sayin “I’m a venereal disease, like a menstrual bleed” or “I’m rare like Mr. Clean with hair” when asked for examples of similies. And I sure as HELL wouldn’t want a cat who believes “The F is for phenomenal” to be any kind of educational reference point for my students, period. Hell with the short ass attention spans the kids got these days, them lil niggas done forgot all about Carter 4’s existence by now ANYWAY…not that there was anything on there worth actually rememberin besides the interludes he wasn’t on, but I digress. Maybe it’s just me though… shrugs*

    • LeTerance Corbitt

      Non of them quotes you just said wasn’t even the song, but I do see what your trying to say. What’s wrong with Wayne’s lyrics? Have you not heard any uplifting songs by the man? You probably not, but I have.

      • Yeah I know they weren’t from that specific song, you got my point though so no need for me to elaborate. However, those lines I listed (among MANY others not listed) are prime examples of what’s wrong with his lyrics as a whole. Sure he’s had his moments here and there but let’s be honest…it’s the hype and controversy that’s got him over these past few years, not his lyrical ability. I’ve yet to hear him on a track with a legitimate spitter where he wasn’t embarrassingly outshined…hell even SHYNE’S C4 interlude moved me more than Wayne’s did, and that’s how I genuinely feel. I’m not hatin on the man but he’s not this lyrical genius his fans try so hard to make him out to be, far from it…and he really don’t have all THAT much uplifting material, at least not to a cat like me who came up in the era I came up in. (PE, Kris, Pac, etc.). And there are plenty of cats in this era of the game with more talent and uplifting shit than him but I’m not about to type out one of them corny ass lists niggas like to do. So I guess we’ll just have to agree to disagree on that one. LOL

      • LeTerance Corbitt

        Yeah I see what you’re saying, I think the problem is with Wayne, well not just him, even Eminem, is that their too explicit, period. Some the things they are saying isn’t bad its just the words they choose is bad. I hope that made since, but yeah we’ll just have to agree to disagree, but hey that’s what makes us different ya know. Just wish people could respect other people’s opinion.

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