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John Oliver gives kids some pretty strange advice for the new school year

Welcome to Oliver's view of American high-school education.


Gavia Baker-Whitelaw


Posted on Sep 7, 2015   Updated on May 28, 2021, 12:47 am CDT

It’s almost time for kids to return to school, so John Oliver has taken a break from regular Last Week Tonight segments to share some much-needed advice on academic survival.

In this web exclusive, Oliver gives us the lowdown on the most important high-school classes. For example, the main thing you need to know about American history is that President Warren G. Harding named his penis Jerry.

Is this factoid ever likely to be mentioned on a test? No. But it’s infinitely more interesting than a lot of the things you will learn in history class.

Oliver’s literary advice is especially useful. Spoiler alert: Most novels were about the American Dream all along. 

Screengrab via Last Week Tonight/YouTube

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*First Published: Sep 7, 2015, 7:39 am CDT