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Middle School Teacher Suspended for Assigning Lil Wayne Lyrics as Homework

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A Florida teacher has been suspended for three days after assigning students Lil Wayne lyrics to analyze for homework, UPI reports via CBS Tampa and WPTV.

An eighth grade English teacher at the Charter School of Boynton Beach asked students to read “6 Foot 7 Foot” from the rapper’s 2011 album Tha Carter IV. Parents were reportedly outraged, and one argued to WPTV that the song is too explicit for tweens. You can read some of the lyrics here.

In a statement to WPTV, school principal Wayne Owens said the assignment “did not meet school standards” and was a failed attempt to pick material that her pupils may be able to relate to: “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.”

Sorry, middle schoolers: you will have to wait until college to study rappers in class.

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