Taylor Swift Can Save Students From Final Exam

Phone call will grant teacher's wish, too
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 27, 2015 3:26 AM CDT
Pierce shakes with Stoner on the deal.   (Facebook)
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(Newser) – Does world history teacher Colter Pierce at Skyview High School set a tough final exam? This year's students will never have to find out if Taylor Swift gives the Billings, Mont., teacher a call. He has promised the exam will be canceled if the star calls him, and a Facebook post with a copy of the promise has now been shared more than 276,000 times and even mentioned on Today, E! Online reports. School officials somehow agreed to the deal thought up last week by student Ike Stoner, though some kind of test, presumably an easier one, will still have to be given if the singer grants Pierce's wish, reports KTVQ.

Why Taylor Swift? Pierce tells KTVQ that he has a "celebrity crush" on her and admits he has been talking about her "pretty much all semester." Despite her record-breaking 20 Billboard Music Award wins, Swift's place in world history will have to be determined by future historians, but Pierce says students are still learning from the experience—perhaps about social media's place in history. But "it's not so much trying to get these kids out of their final as it is seeing that celebrities are still normal, down-to-earth people," he adds. "And I think that's the biggest driving force behind it." (Earlier this year, Swift tangled with the Princeton Review over grammar.)

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