I'd Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had
My Year as a Rookie Teacher at Northeast High
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I’d Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had is television, screen and stage star Tony Danza’s absorbing account of a year spent teaching tenth-grade English at Northeast High -- Philadelphia’s largest high school with 3600 students.
Entering Northeast’s crowded halls in September of 2009, Tony found his way to a classroom filled with twenty-six students who were determined not to cut him any slack. They cared nothing about “Mr. Danza’s” showbiz credentials, and they immediately put him on the hot seat.
Featuring indelible portraits of students and teachers alike, I’d Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had reveals just how hard it is to keep today’s technologically savvy – and often alienated -- students engaged, how impressively committed most teachers are, and the outsized role counseling plays in a teacher’s day, given the psychological burdens many students carry. The book also makes vivid how a modern high school works, showing Tony in a myriad of roles – from lecturing on To Kill a Mockingbird to “coaching” the football team to organizing a talent show to leading far-flung field trips to hosting teacher gripe sessions.
A surprisingly poignant account, I’d Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had is sometimes laugh-out-loud funny but is mostly filled with hard-won wisdom and feel-good tears.
Publishers Weekly Review
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I have always loved Tony Danza. I was sad when his show got cancelled, but was happy when he released his cookbook. I hope he stays in the public eye. It's a shame he's never got the attention he deserves. He seems like such a great guy, always smiling and caring.
Calling all first-year teachers...
Thank you, Mr. Danza, for putting your teaching experiences to print! This is a must read for all first-year educators! Education is a serious matter, and as a new educator, I relate clearly to Mr. Danza's views/experiences.
I Would Like to Apologize to any Teacher I Ever Had
This was a wonderful book! If you are considering ever becoming a teacher, this is a must read BEFORE you decide on a career path. Having taught thirty three years of fifth grade in the public schools and retired now, I thoroughly enjoyed reliving those years thru Tony Danza! I guess I miss those days just a little!