A teacher in Florida (no surprise there) has been suspended after she attempted to use hip hop to bridge one of her students’ academic gaps. According to reports the teacher was having trouble getting her students to understand the concept of literary devices like metaphors and similes so she thought that hip hop would be the perfect medium to reach her kids. She printed out the explicit lyrics to Lil Wayne’s ‘6 Foot 7 Foot’ from the Carter IV and parents were outraged.
According to the school’s principle,
“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 understanding 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. “
The teacher has a good record with the school district but is suspended for the time being. Hopefully parents get just as upset when their kids are just listening to this “explicit” music if it’s too “explicit” to be used as a teaching tool. Is this inappropriate?
So I looked up some of the lyrics
Excuse my charisma, vodka with a spritzer
swagger down pat, call my ish Patricia
Young Money militia, and I am the commissioner
you don’t want start Weezy, ’cause the F is for Finisher
so misunderstood, but what’s a World without enigma?
two bitches at the same time, synchronized swimmers
got the girl twisted ’cause she open when you twist her
ANNNDDD Let’s just stop there… lol What do you think?