Remember that one teacher that everyone had at some point in their educational career; the one who just got it when it came to reaching through to their students on a pop culture level? In this case, that person is David Yancey, a teacher from Conyers, GA, who is just “doing what he can to reach kids,” according to his Twitter page. So far he’s doing a pretty good job at using pop music parodies to get his students more interested in what can only be described as mundane history lessons in the mind of a teenager.
Last month, Mr. Yancey parodied Adele’s “Hello” to teach his students about the history of Native Americans. This time around, the teacher used his own version of Migos’ breakout hit, “Bad and Boujee,” to educate the class about the American Civil War.
In a video posted onto Yancey’s YouTube page on Friday, the history teacher is seen rapping over the hip-hop song with more fitting lyrics like, “Emancipation Proclamation/Listen up, heal the nation,” and “Slowed them down in Maryland/So that we could win again.”
"I am a middle school social studies teacher and I try my best to engage the students where they are," Yancey said in an interview with Complex on Monday. "I try to build rapport, teach the material and ultimately bridge the gap. Too often teachers just tell students to learn things because we say so, but instead we need to meet them where they are. I ask the students the song that the kids are into and I adjust the content to match."
Mr. Yancey may not be a professional hip-hop artist, but with his customized lyrical content getting his students more interested in their studies, someone's bound to hand that man a mic at some point. Next Drake album, perhaps?