social promotion


Definition of 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 In order to make sure that people are well aware of the improved product, Chipotle is planning a marketing push that includes television commercials, digital and social promotion. Danielle Wiener-bronner, CNN, "Chipotle is upgrading its queso -- again," 26 Feb. 2020 This takes away from others an important chance at social promotion in a country that offers surprisingly few. Annalisa Merelli, Quartz, "Johns Hopkins shows that ending legacy admissions can fight inequality in America," 22 Jan. 2020 According to an in-depth study released this week, wealth is increasingly concentrated in fewer hands because of uneven access to the educational opportunities necessary for social promotion, not to mention decades of tax breaks for the wealthy. Annalisa Merelli, Quartz, "The average US worker would need 10 times the length of all human history to earn as much as Jeff Bezos," 10 Oct. 2019 Some school districts do continue to have social promotion policies, which became popular over concerns that holding kids back would discourage them from trying and compound the problem. Emily K. Coleman, Lake County News-Sun, "Waukegan District 60 considering 'very large cultural shift' on passing students," 11 Apr. 2018 For two decades policy makers have harshly criticized public schools for social promotion—the practice of moving a child to the next grade level regardless of academic achievement. Peg Tyre, Scientific American, "Trump Administration Advances School Vouchers Despite Scant Evidence," 1 Aug. 2017 Hold students accountable for mastering content, end social promotion. Devin Kelly, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage School Board Q&A: How would you help close achievement gaps?," 7 Mar. 2018 Louisiana had long erred on the side of social promotion, often passing underachievers through school despite low reading and math levels. The Hechinger Report,, "About 40 percent of New Orleans high school students are held back at least 1 grade," 8 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of social promotion

1948, in the meaning defined above

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“Social promotion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Aug. 2020.

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