A Florida teacher was suspended after giving her students a homework assignment involving the lyrics from Lil Wayne's "Six Foot, Seven Foot".
Lil Wayne may be known for his metaphors and similes, but unlike Shakespeare, he's got a pretty foul mouth to go with them. Nevertheless, a Florida school teacher decided Weezy would be a good subject to assess different forms of wordplay when the old world poets were confusing her students.
The prof thus assigned the lyrics from Wayne's punchline-ridden "6 Foot, 7 Foot" for her 8th grade students to dissect. Unfortunately, parents couldn't get past the objectionable content.
"This is crazy," parent Vanessa Guzman told WPTV of the assignment. "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 headmaster of The Charter Schools of Boynton Beach, Wayne Owens, has decided to suspend the teacher (who otherwise has an "unblemished record") for three days. He also supplied a statement on the matter.
"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."
Perhaps the teacher could learn a thing or two from the song themselves, namely how to "move in silence".
Watch the news report, as well as the video for "6 Foot, 7 Foot" below.