I'd Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had

My Year as a Rookie Teacher at Northeast High

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Publisher Description

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.

Biographies & Memoirs
September 11
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

Mikaele91 ,

Teachers need support from everyone.

An inside look at the teaching profession that no one sees or understands. And the inside look at student life.

bewildered willie ,

Suprizingly Inspirational!

I didn’t expect to me moved to tears!😳

GerBear10000 ,

I’d like to apologize to every teacher I ever had.

I was so impressed with this book and grateful that Tony Danza completed the year teaching and went on to document his experience. My husband and I used to be loyal watchers of reality TV shows, but we finally became disillusioned with the “drama” and the fighting that was consistently portrayed (and invented). We actually have now turned the TV off and are enjoying reading during the evenings. The positive result of our action is that we both enjoyed this book.
I really wish the production team had had the gusts and foresight to show the program as it took place. This was the real drama and reality that both the teachers and students would have been proud of. We would have been waiting each week to see the next showing.
Mr. Danza should be very proud of his accomplishment. I was so impressed by his imagination, empathy and insight regarding his classroom skills. As a result, we have suggested this book to so many people, including teachers and even a school superintendent. Good work - and thank you to the teachers that so richly deserve recognition for their service.

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