History class can easily be a bore when a teacher is just reciting facts from a text book. But Atlanta-area middle school teacher, David Yancey, 31, takes learning in a cool and relevant direction.
Voted 2016 Teacher of the Year, Yancey educates his students by incorporating historical facts into popular music. His recent combination of the Civil War with Migos’ “Bad and Boujee” has people talking, after a friend shared the video of him rapping on Twitter.
“The troops are mad and losing,” he raps. “Slowing them down is a doozy. Soldiers are ready and ruthless. With rifles and ironclads, too.”
In a previous lesson Yancey combined the history of the Cherokee Indians and the Removal Act of 1830, with Adele’s “Hello”.
“It’s not just random things that are being thrown together,” Yancey told the Atlanta Journal Constitution. “I’m very intentional… on what content I’m delivering. I’ll do the lesson, and I pull it all together in a song. I’ve seen kids (from a few years ago) bring up the songs.”