September 11, 2012
September 11, 2012
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.
After losing a part on a television show, the star of WHO'S THE BOSS and TAXI decides to try teaching high school. This might sound like the plot to a reality show (and in fact, A&E did film Danza's efforts for a while), but actually the career change was a genuine effort by the actor. Danza is out of his element in the tough Philadelphia school where he lands a job, and this honest and well-written account of his experiences will resonate with anyone who struggled through their teenage years, as well as those concerned about America's public education system.
Genre: Education, Performing Arts, Biography + Autobiography
Sub-Genre: Entertainment + Performing Arts, Educators, Secondary, Acting + Auditioning
- Genre: Biography + Autobiography, Performing Arts, Education
- Subgenre: Acting + Auditioning, Entertainment + Performing Arts, Secondary, Educators
- Language: English
- Author: Tony Danza
- Online Item #: 14185717
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 247-07-5064
- ISBN: 9780307887863
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported