Hip Hop has been the source for education courses for years. From 2Pac‘s music being analyzed at the University of Washington to The Notorious B.I.G.‘s “Ten Crack Commandments” being taught as an online business class to Nas becoming the inspiration for a Harvard University fellowship, rapper’s cultural contributions are now actively a part of higher learning.
It seems one teacher in Florida may have taken rap music’s educational value a little too far. An eighth grade English class at the Charter Schools of Boynton Beach was assigned to read the uncensored version of Lil Wayne’s “6 Foot 7 Foot.” Apparently, the students were instructed to find examples of figurative language in the song, but the explicit lyrics found in Tha Carter IV track upset some parents.
The school administration claims the assignment was not approved. Headmaster Wayne Owens released a statement to WBTV News Channel 5 saying the students were having trouble understanding literary devices, and the teacher decided to use “colloquial material” as a way to help the students grasp the concepts.
Owens added the teacher recognizes the assignment was “inappropriate.” The teacher was suspended for three days.