If we get 15,000 retweets we don’t have to take the chemistry final. pic.twitter.com/ofzNhIBkDy— matt standley (@mattstandley) May 7, 2014
Teenagers are forever gracing (cursing?) the Internet with their social media antics. But this time — welp! — their teachers are encouraging them.
Teachers at several high schools across the country have purportedly made pacts with their students, promising to cancel final exams or bump up exam grades if a tweet on the subject earned a certain number of shares. It’s sometimes unclear if teachers are actually willing participants in the pacts, or if unruly kids are just writing “agreements” on the chalkboard when they probably should be studying. In either case, such tweets have popped up all over: in an art class in Round Rock, Texas; during chem in Colorado; at an English class in Michigan.
if i get 50k retweets my may 27th, i dont have to take my math finals! retweet please! pic.twitter.com/ImQzrFgT9h— eRa Laine (@L6ine) May 7, 2014
if we get 5,000 retweets, no Julius Caesar final! EVERYONE RT PLEASE. pic.twitter.com/Qv0LN1aZDA— KAAYY.WOODD (@katelynwood27) May 7, 2014
Help us reach 20k retweets by May 14th so we don’t have to take finals! 🙏 you can see him signing our agreement! HELP pic.twitter.com/Fo99KtTP9w— Julien Turner (@TheGR1ND) May 2, 2014
15,000 retweets and no art final. PLEASE RETWEET. pic.twitter.com/L9WlZFSkQI— Total Drew Move™ (@Two_Drew2) May 7, 2014
300 retweets😁👏😩 it’s better than 3 finals ! pic.twitter.com/gYSbtc2BOA— A. (@_Asiaaaaahh) May 8, 2014
The stunts have been thoroughly criticized by administrators at schools like Texas’ Round Rock High, who said exams would proceed as scheduled regardless of how viral they got. (That aligns with angry tweets from students at several schools, who complained their exams weren’t called off even after they hit the RT threshold.) That might not be the right attitude, though. I mean, in today’s economy, isn’t social media literacy a more marketable skill than, say … art?
My teacher told me if I get 100k retweets on this tweet, not only can I skip my class finals, but in addition, drop out of school forever.— Hayden Eyre (@HaydenChaunceyE) May 6, 2014