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You know him from Taxi, Who’s The Boss? and countless other TV shows, films and plays. But long before he made it big in Hollywood, Tony Danza received a degree in education. Teach: Tony Danza chronicles the experience of the veteran actor as he returns to his roots to take on his toughest role yet, as a first-year teacher at Philadelphia’s largest urban high school. How will the kids at Northeast High School react to being taught 10th-grade English by an actor? Under the watchful eye of the high school principal and an in-classroom teaching coach, Danza applies incredible creativity and ceaseless dedication to his real-life duties as a teacher, while taking on a few extra roles outside the classroom — and becoming a true member of the Philadelphia community. In this touching series, viewers will not only see the challenges and rewards Danza faced as a first-year teacher, but also how his students end up teaching him a completely different lesson than he planned on . . . a lesson about life.
|1||HDClosed CaptioningVideoBack to School||Mr. Danza arrives at Northeast High School in Philadelphia and meets most of the faculty, including his teaching advisor, David Cohn, and ball-busting principal, Linda Carroll, who warns Mr. Danza that if he screws up, he's out. On the first day of school, he meets his diverse class of students, but soon learns that teaching is harder than he realized when one student questions whether or not Mr. Danza is qualified to be teaching anything. And in an attempt to bond with two of his students on the football team, he becomes an assistant coach. He then realizes he knows far less about coaching football than teaching English and questions whether or not he made a mistake becoming a teacher.||45:03||$2.99||View In iTunes|
|2||HDClosed CaptioningVideoTested||After half the class fails their first quiz on "Of Mice and Men," Mr. Danza fears that most of his students aren't doing their work. As a result, he risks legal repercussions when he denies three of his "special needs" students the use of the resource room because he thinks they're being lazy. And to make matters worse, Mr. Danza's brightest student wants to drop out of his English class because he isn't being challenged enough. Pushed to the limit, Tony breaks down in tears.||45:00||$2.99||View In iTunes|
|3||HDClosed CaptioningVideoJust Say No||If Mr. Danza wasn't busy enough helping with football, band practice, and everything else that comes with being a teacher, his plate gets even fuller after the Mayor of Philadelphia asks him to host a charity show on the same night he's already scheduled to perform in Atlantic City. Mr. Danza then has to talk one of his frustrated students out of quitting the football team, while he tries to convince another student that school is really worth the effort.||44:59||$2.99||View In iTunes|
|4||HDClosed CaptioningVideoHomesick||Feeling homesick after having been away from his family for months, Mr. Danza tries to plan a trip back to California. However, when one of his students in the marching band begs him to help in their band competition, he is torn between his two worlds. Mr. Danza later finds out he's not engaging his class enough after he catches one of his students making intricate origami sculptures. And after the origami artist cries over a failed test, he must meet with the student's strict parents.||44:58||$2.99||View In iTunes|
|5||HDClosed CaptioningVideoSolidarity||As Northeast High School prepares to enact a new school-wide uniform policy, Mr. Danza shows his students that he will support the uniforms by adopting one of his own. And he sees how training some of his students to box turns ugly after two of his students get into a locker room fight with some other kids over a stolen iPod. If Tony wasn't in the doghouse already, one of his other students causes more trouble after he disrespects the assistant principal by giving her a doggy treat.||44:59||$2.99||View In iTunes|
|6||HDClosed CaptioningVideoTo Cheat or Not to Cheat||Mr. Danza is heartbroken after he catches two of his favorite students cheating on a test. To add insult to injury, the two cheaters call his bluff after he assigns them a makeup project. In addition, Mr. Danza must mend a broken friendship between two girls in his class, and deal with student issues when he is recruited to chaperone the homecoming dance.||44:58||$2.99||View In iTunes|
|7||HDClosed CaptioningVideoTeacher's Pet||Mr. Danza gives one student an extension on an essay, but then refuses to allow another student an extension. That student then moves to drop Danza's class. Later, Danza reaches out to a confused student at the school who habitually skips class. And, if that wasn't enough to keep him busy, he also stages a charity show to raise money for a new air conditioner for the school's library.||44:58||$2.99||View In iTunes|
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Danza as teacher is a brilliant idea, particularly because he represents the ordinary person who steps into a classroom. It's not easy and unless you love teaching, you won't find many rewards for your labor. Teaching,f or some strange reason, pays minimum wage once you work out the number of hours you spend at it, in the classroom and out--meeting with parents, students, helping out here and there, grading papers, etc. I've known plenty of teachers who burn out in a year or two, many disgusted at the lack of respect students show teachers and others appalled at the expectations of parents who don't support their own kids. Excuse me. What happened to homework time? Bottom line--too many students graduate stupid, unable to read and write competently, unqualified for college work. Having taught college, I know how unprepared they are. Hope this series is an eye-opener.
It really shows how much teachers are up against in todays world, they are against a whole new level of cheating and have so much more to worry about. Im glad to see a teacher who isn't willing to just let it go but actually wants to help the students out and make them better people. I hope he keeps up the good work
I love the concept of this show because it shows just how difficult teaching can be. I have been both a student and a teacher, and let me tell you teaching is a very tiring job. People think that teaching is an easy job but it's really not. And the sad part that regardless of how amazing you are at teaching, you get paid the same amount of money as the teachers that do absolutely nothing.