In what could be one of the dumbest happenings ever, five Norwegian schools have rescheduled their upcoming exams so that students can attend a Justin Bieber concert. Yes, really. Baby Elvis is due to perform in Oslo on April 16 & 17, but educators are worried that teen girls – who are notoriously nutso for this kid in Norway – will skip out on midterms to go see the show. Instead of expecting parents to get their kids to school and expecting the kids themselves to turn up or fail out, the affected schools have decided to postpone the tests.
To accommodate this Bieber-mania, five schools in the Alesund region — located some 230 miles (375 kilometers) northwest of Oslo — have rescheduled exams.
Kristin Halvorsen, Norway’s education minister, said she did not intend to intervene with the schools’ decisions.
“I am concerned that students should be concentrating when they take tests and midterms,” Halvorsen wrote The Associated Press in an email. “The local schools have the responsibility to schedule the local midterms, and if they think there is any reason to change the dates, they have authority to do so.”
As the minister explained, “We’ve all been 14-years-old and know that interests can be intense.”
I’m torn on this. Yes, teenagers are idiots and probably would skip school to go to a Justin Bieber concert, but why not let them face real world consequences and fail out, if that’s what they choose to do? Make the repercussions clear and if they choose to ignore them, too bad, so sad. Sorry, but your boss is not going to shut down the office in 10 years when you’re desperate to see the One Direction reunion tour, so get used to being a responsible human being now.
In other, more LOL-worthy news, Justin himself has been boo-hooing to Teen Vogue about how he has no friends. Huh, wonder why – who wouldn’t want to hang out with a total asshole? Oh, that’s right. Everyone.
“Literally, my phone never rings. I only have, like, four people that I keep in contact with. I just don’t trust anybody. But I don’t need a bunch of friends to make me happy.”
My phone never rings either, but that’s because my friends are smart enough to know I won’t answer and to text my ass instead. I don’t think that’s what Justin was going for, but I don’t care because he sucks.