Teacher Suspended For Including Lil Wayne Lyrics In Homework Assignment

posted Monday February 03 ,2014 at 10:45AM CST | 86 comments

Teacher Suspended For Including Lil Wayne Lyrics In Homework Assignment

A South Florida eighth grade English teacher was suspended for asking students to underline examples of figurative language in Lil Wayne's "6 Foot 7 Foot."

A South Florida eighth grade English teacher of The Charter Schools of Boynton Beach has been suspended after assigning Lil Wayne lyrics as part of a homework assignment to her students. 

One parent, Vanessa Guzman, spoke with WPTV in Florida, regarding her disapproval of the teacher's assignment, which included directions to underline examples of figurative language in Lil Wayne's Cory Gunz-assisted "6 Foot 7 Foot" lyrics. 

"This is crazy," Guzman said in a WPTV report. "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?"

An excerpt from "6 Foot 7 Foot's" follows:

Two bitches at the same time, synchronized swimmers
Got the girl twisted cause she open when you twist her
Never met the bitch, but I fuck her like I missed her
Life is the bitch, and death is her sister
Sleep is the cousin, what a fuckin' family picture

The school headmaster, Wayne Owens, addressed the matter with a statement.

"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." 

Guzman says she understands the motivation behind assigning this task, but still holds that it is "not appropriate at all."

The teacher, who had "an unblemished record" has been suspended for three days, according to WPTV

RELATED: Lil Wayne f. Cory Gunz "6 Foot 7 Foot (MTV Unplugged Live)" [Audio]

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    I can't honestly believe that out of all the websites out there a hip hop website is also agreeing with the school's victorian attitudes. The teacher used an explicit Lil Wayne song because this is the honest truth, kids will pay far more attention to it if there is a lot of cursing. Kids love the profanity and vulgar lyrics so the teacher used an explicit song because he knew they would pay attention to it. Every grade in someone's development is a completely different experience and you can't treat 8th graders like children or they will hate you for it.
  • Anonymous
    she should have used "Dear Mama". Great piece of literature right there!
  • Anonymous
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  • Onez
    Dis nigga sniffs male underwear, true shit, I worked backstage at several of his shows & he specifically requests used male underwear to sniff. He pays well for it too, I never sold him mine but another guy on our crew use to be one of his regulars. Shit is gross but true.
  • Anonymous
    not suprising as he spells phenomenom with an f
    • fuccya
      Btw the letter in original greek word pronounced as and stands for "f" tho. Just so you know.
    • Fry
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  • Anonymous
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    I am a fraud u can call officer ricki
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    I have es u have pn call it espn
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  • Anonymous
    my english teacher used empire state of mind by jay z for an asignment like this. those lyrics are a bit more school appropriate than this song
    • Anonymous
      Idk I got col n u got gate call it Colgate lol
  • Jason
    But the kids have heard this song 1,000 times already. So.... why get enraged?
  • ChuckD
    ya that's an excerpt from the song. is that the excerpt that the teacher used though. if it's not, that's pretty misleading.
  • Anonymous
    I got col n u got gate call it Colgate lol
  • Anonymous
    lol yea cuz 8th graders never listen to lil wayne before how you think he got his money?
  • Annox
    The teacher should have their hearing checked, subjecting kids to dogshit lyrics. What teacher is dumb enough to assign that without consequence? Probably some poser teacher trying to be cool.
  • Anonymous
    If you're gonna give your students rap lyrics, don't give them they lyrics of an ignorant motherfucker like Wayne. Give them some Krs-One, or Talib Kweli.
    • Anonymous
      Talib cornee.
    • Juan
      that wouldn't work because those kids don't like or listen to those artists
  • Hmm
    This just shows good decision making skills on the part of the teacher. Seriously, what did they think was going to happen? What an idiot.
  • Daniel
    I'm not a huge fan of Wayne but this is yet again spitting in the face of our culture. How is Wayne's content deemed not safe for school and Shakespeare's is. This world just isn't made for use to thrive.
    • Anonymous
      "How is Wayne's content deemed not safe for school and Shakespeare's is." You can't be serious
    • no
      to answer your question, shakespeare wrote tragic love stories and didn't come anywhere close to writing a curse in his life. did you read the lyrics in question? i dont care if 99% of 8th graders out there have heard this all before, having it given to them by someone who's supposed to be a positive adult role model for them promotes it and encourages them to think in lil wayne's mindset and use his words, and the last think this country needs is more people like lil wayne. shakespeare never said anything messed up, and if he did nobody that age can understand what he's saying anyway. the lil wayne lyrics that were given, on the other hand, were "Two bitches at the same time, synchronized swimmers Got the girl twisted cause she open when you twist her Never met the bitch, but I fuck her like I missed her Life is the bitch, and death is her sister Sleep is the cousin, what a fuckin' family picture"
    • Anonymous
      "shakespeare never said anything messed up, and if he did nobody that age can understand what he's saying anyway" true that brother. i still dont know what half that shit meant
  • Anonymous
    This is a decent idea, picking rap lyrics to get kids interested in English. Probably could have picked a better lyricist than lil wayne though
  • Irving Park
    Don't get me wrong, screw Lil Wayne, but I think 8th graders can handle these "lyrics".
  • Anonymous
    lol. this teacher's got no common sense.
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  • AR
    Anything related to Lil Wayne needs to say out of school, period. All its doing is fucking up these kids minds.
    • Anonymous
      Man, shut yo dumb ass up. By the time you in 8th Grade you probably heard Lil Wayne.
  • Anonymous
    Apparently the teacher meant well, she/he just fucked up using 6 foot 7 foot in an assignment to identify literary devices. It is what it is.
  • One
    The teacher should have used different lyrics. Maybe one without profanity that way he or she won't be in the shit they are in now. They could chosen any verse in the world without explicit lyrics. I see what he or she was doing. One of my best teachers at my old college taught us how to subnet networks by comparing it to drug dealing. They had nothing to do with each other but he used it as a way for us to think about the math. It's a very good technique.
  • DrewDown91
    Wayne does have real lyrics, but this was one song that is way too vulgar. How about "Shoot Me Down" from Tha Carter III? Good idea, poor execution. #denverbroncos. This shit has been done before and people were not suspended. Ten years ago. http://xfinity.comcast.net/slideshow/news-oddestcollegecourses/14/ - Tupac class.
  • Anonymous
    Like these kids don't already know all the lyrics or something. Wow now the parents care. They should have stopped them from hearing it when it was on the radio three years ago and people actually listened to that fool.