I'd Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had
My Year as A Rookie Teacher at Northeast HighBook - 2012
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.
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Tony Danza remembers how, before he got into acting, he had wanted to be a teacher. So he decides to try his hand at teaching at an inner-city Philidelphia public school, Northeast High School, for one year. And what he learns and experiences is more valuable then anything, and also let's you take a hard look at what American education is really about, and the dedicated teachers who, everyday, try to make it better.
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