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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

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Published Sep 7, 2015   Updated 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.

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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.

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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. 

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