You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to myStatesman.com

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.

GREAT REASONS TO SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

  • IN-DEPTH REPORTING
  • INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING
  • NEW TOPICS & COVERAGE
  • ePAPER
X

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and bonus content- exclusively for subscribers. Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks

X

Welcome to myStatesman.com

This subscriber-only site gives you exclusive access to breaking news, in-depth coverage, exclusive interactives and bonus content.

You can read free articles of your choice a month that are only available on myStatesman.com.

Teacher raps 'Bad and Boujee' to teach the Civil War


A teacher at Edwards Middle School in Conyers took an Atlanta rap group’s hit single “Bad and Boujee” and fashioned it for a Civil War lesson for his students. 

David Yancey has picked out artists like Atlanta's own Migos, Chance the Rapper and Adele to help his students learn. 

"I'm trying to get kids to want this,” Yancey said.

"They're really catchy,” student Allison Adcock said. “So, you remember them, like during tests when you need them."

Mixing a hit with history has paid off in the classroom.

"Because now they're really willing to hear the material to understand it and they're always looking forward to the next song,” Principal Fred Middleton said.

And now subjects like the Civil War and Cherokee Indians bring them to their feet.

"I’m not Migos," Yancey said. "I'm not Adele. I'm an eighth-grade social studies teacher who is trying to reach them."

Besides being an aspiring singer, Yancey also happens to be the school's reigning Teacher of the Year.

OMG my HS friend teaches middle school in atl now and rapped about civil war over migos beat. bad and bougee = mad and losing.pic.twitter.com/XhNqKS16Fc

— josie duffy rice (@jduffyrice) March 13, 2017


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Nation & World

Ivanka Trump reportedly differs with President Trump on Syrian refugees
Ivanka Trump reportedly differs with President Trump on Syrian refugees

Ivanka Trump is reportedly disagreeing with her father on the plight of Syrian refugees, saying in an interview Tuesday that the United States might need to open its borders to refugees. Her statement is an unusual public shift away from her father’s positions. According to The New York Times, her comments caused a “scramble&rdquo...
James Patterson says he’s writing book on Aaron Hernandez
James Patterson says he’s writing book on Aaron Hernandez

Best-selling author James Patterson is writing a book about Aaron Hernandez, the former NFL and University of Florida standout who authorities say this month took his own life while serving time in prison for murder. Patterson made the announcement Wednesday while visiting Congress Middle School in Boynton Beach. He did not say what the title...
Cat found with arrow stuck in head in Florida
Cat found with arrow stuck in head in Florida

Police are investigating how a South Florida cat ended up with an arrow stuck in its skull.  The feline was found Wednesday morning in Miami Beach and was euthanized because of the severity of its injuries, WSVN reported.  A veterinarian said the arrow went in behind one of the cat’s eyes and exited through its mouth, WSVN reported...
McDonald's to replace Hi-C Orange with new drink, reports say
McDonald's to replace Hi-C Orange with new drink, reports say

McDonald's is phasing out a popular drink and replacing it with another. The fast-food chain will stop selling Hi-C Orange Lavaburst, according to the Sacramento Bee.  According to an apparent internal memo found on Reddit, locations will stop carrying the drink effective May 1.  The memo indicates that the fast-food chain will replace...
A heartbreaking end to search for missing 16-month-old
A heartbreaking end to search for missing 16-month-old

Semaj Crosby, the 16-month-old missing daughter of Sheri Gordon, was found dead in Joliet Township early Thursday, NBC News reported. The girl was reported missing by her mother, Tuesday evening after the toddler was reportedly left outside playing with her cousins. A search party went out and Semaj’s body was found in a house near...
More Stories