social promotion


: the practice of promoting a student from one grade level to the next on the basis of age rather than academic achievement

Examples of social promotion in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Last year was rough for Bud Light, for instance, after the company’s social promotion with transgender influencer Dylan Mulvaney led to conservatives and celebrities boycotting the brand. Sunny Nagpaul, Fortune, 18 Feb. 2024 There may be opportunities for additional social promotion and other media coverage. Good Housekeeping, 25 May 2023 Under his leadership, the district placed faltering schools on academic probation, fired underperforming principals and ended social promotion, the practice in which failing students were advanced from grade to grade simply to keep them with their peers. Matthew Rosenberg, New York Times, 2 Apr. 2023 But Steiner said this is not social promotion. Liz Bowie,, 25 May 2021 Is social promotion a problem? Washington Post, 7 Nov. 2020 The plan right now is a streaming release and social promotion for the song. Jessica Nicholson, Billboard, 11 Feb. 2022 Just this week, he was tapped for Spotify's global emerging artist program RADAR, which includes features in the RADAR playlist, promotional support for his upcoming releases, on-platform marketing, bespoke content and social promotion. Lars Brandle, Billboard, 13 Aug. 2021 Or turning its most accomplished business leaders into beneficiaries of social promotion. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, 8 Dec. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1948, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of social promotion was in 1948

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“Social promotion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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