10 episodes

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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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.5, 23 Ratings

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. 

    Cars

    Cars

    Elijah gets his first driving lesson from Neal, who is a professional automotive journalist. This comprehensive Driver's Ed curriculum includes talking to a vintage-car fanatic about classic Volkswagen Beetles, and learning about the car of the future from an electric-car advocate. If only they could teach Elijah how to steer.
     
     

    • 23 min
    Mexican Americans

    Mexican Americans

    When a controversy erupts at the Texas State Board of Education over a racist anti-Mexican textbook, Neal becomes determined to expose Elijah to as much Mexican culture as possible. They interview an undocumented valedictorian and a Mexican-American history professor.  Houston-based comedy rapper C****o Bling calls in to teach Elijah some special vocabulary words.

    • 19 min
    Comics

    Comics

    Elijah, a comic-book fan, interviews Sana Amanat, the creative director of Marvel Comics, about being a "Muslim-American super hero." And John Hodgman stops by to discuss his doomed plans to play a super villain in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

    • 15 min
    Poetry

    Poetry

    Alarmed by what passes for a poetry curriculum at Elijah's middle school, Neal takes Elijah to New York City to meet some actual working poets. Back in Texas, they visit a "Typewriter Rodeo," and along the way, Neal reveals the secrets of his own strange, poetic past.

    • 16 min
    Guns

    Guns

    Neal is terrified for Elijah's safety in Texas, where guns are as prevalent as popcorn. They visit a gun club in San Antonio to learn how to shoot responsibly, interview an anti-campus carry activist about how to protest guns using sex toys, and talk to a parent who lost her son to gun violence.

    • 19 min
    Judaism

    Judaism

    When Elijah decides not to have a Bar Mitzvah, Neal plans an emergency cultural trip to "The Jewish American Homeland" - New York City - with decidedly mixed results.

    • 15 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
23 Ratings

23 Ratings

JOOOOOOOOOO JO ,

So good

Oh my god this is sooooo good listen to it please!!!!

skylar paris ,

5 stars

This is one of the most enlightening takes on education. Through the interesting lessons Neil teaches his son, we can clearly see the deficiencies of the education system.

Vandystar ,

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 be self centered, retaliation is not a good example.

I continued with the nutrition episode, and about halfway through I had to bail. It’s so unpleasant listening to him diss his boy.

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