High school would have been a breeze if all the test questions were focused on Taylor Swift.
During a recent exam of the United States Government and Policy for Advanced Placement in Texas, student Alyssa Brown was surprised to see a question about the pop superstar.
“I opened the free answer questions, and the first question was about Taylor Swift, and I was laughing,” Brown said. CNN. “I thought it was awesome.”
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The question was about how before the 2018 midterm elections, Swift encouraged voter registration on Instagram by posting a link to the voter registration website.
Students were asked to “analyze how voter registration laws and procedures can affect civic participation, such as voter turnout.”
Before that point, Swift did not share her political views. In the Netflix documentary “Miss Americana,” the period leading up to Swift’s decision to speak was shown, including how she had to fight members of her team, including her father, who were concerned about reception.
“Exams usually make you feel like, ‘Oh, you won’t meet these people … they are usually important figures who are older. Seeing a younger artist made me feel comfortable in some way, ”said Romeo Rodríguez as well.
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“We are delighted to learn that AP students can relate what they have learned in their AP course with what they experience in their daily lives and, in this case, with what they have read on their Instagram feeds.” Jerome White, a College Board spokesperson told CNN.
All the students seemed to agree that celebrities can influence other young people to get involved in politics.
“Especially the celebrities with really big platforms, if you tell people to go vote, there’s a chance they will actually vote,” Brown said. “The question got me thinking about how celebrities can affect their decisions, more than I already had.”