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Extra Credit
When he realizes his teenage son Elijah's Texas public school underplays the history of slavery and the theory of evolution, writer Neal Pollack decides to take Elijah's education into his own hands, supplementing it with his own dubious life lessons. Along the way, Elijah gets off some sick dad burns. A wide-ranging and hilarious look at the state of American education, Extra Credit is a show for every parent who wished they spent more time with their kids, and for every kid who wished their parents would just back off and let them watch Netflix. 
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4.5 stars from 23 ratings
He’s such a jerk to his son
Honestly, I wanted to like this. I started with the episode on Native Americans and the content was fabulous. But so many mean comments to and about his son. I realize it’s hard to raise teenagers, I’ve done it, but I think it’s important to resist the urge to belittle them. Even though they can...Read full review »
Vandystar via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/03/18
Brilliant!
Extra Credit is even better than I had hoped from the description. As a teacher from outside the USA, hearing about the bs you have to put up with in Texas public schools is astonishing. The first few episodes are insightful and hilarious - definitely going to recommend this podcast far and wide.
8orax via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 05/04/18
I want to like this...
I appreciate how Neal is putting all of his shortcomings out there but I am honestly having trouble having much respect for him. It doesn’t seem like he works hard or has tried much of anything. It’s all, “Not my thing. I’m hopeless. Giving up.” Also not keen on how he talks about his son as...Read full review »
Jesser80 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/29/18
Recent Episodes
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Published 11/07/17
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Published 10/31/17
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Published 10/25/17
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