High school students who took this year’s AP Government and Politics exam were pleasantly surprised by the free-response question regarding Taylor Swift. The question asked students to analyze how voter registration laws and procedures can affect civic participation, such as voter turnout. The question noted how Taylor Swift influenced voter registration by posting on her social media accounts about it.
Several test-takers took to social media to celebrate the question tying in pop culture with academics. “That question sort of boosted my confidence and helped me write a stronger free response,” said 17-year old Miri Feigin, who is a big Taylor Swift fan. She took the exam at Enloe Magnet High School in Raleigh, North Carolina.
“I opened the free-response questions, and the first question was about Taylor Swift, and I was just laughing,” said 18-year-old Alyssa Brown from Summit High School in Mansfield, Texas (CNN).
Do you think it would be beneficial if the school curriculum tied in more pop culture? Do you think students would be more involved in their academics and have better focus? Why or why not?