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.
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