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 Or turning its most accomplished business leaders into beneficiaries of social promotion. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, 8 Dec. 2020 Her publisher wants more online social promotion, more appearances on TV or in radio. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, 11 Oct. 2020 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, 26 Feb. 2020 This takes away from others an important chance at social promotion in a country that offers surprisingly few. Annalisa Merelli, Quartz, 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, 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, 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, 1 Aug. 2017 Hold students accountable for mastering content, end social promotion. Devin Kelly, Anchorage Daily News, 7 Mar. 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 4 Aug. 2021.

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