Long before he starred on some of television’s most beloved and long-running series such as Taxi and Who’s the Boss? and went on to distinguish himself in a variety of film and stage roles, Tony Danza was a walking contradiction: an indifferent student who dreamed of being a teacher. Inspiring a classroom of students was an aspiration he put aside for decades until one day it seemed that the most meaningful thing he could do was give his dream a shot.
What followed was a year spent teaching 10th-grade English at Northeast High - Philadelphia’s largest high school with 3,600 students. Entering Northeast’s crowded halls in September 2009, Tony found his way to a classroom filled with 26 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.
It was only after experiencing abject terror for several weeks - and even dissolving into tears on several occasions - that Tony began to pick up the tricks of how to get kids to learn.
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 audiobook 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, organizing a talent show, leading far-flung field trips, and hosting teacher gripe sessions.
Inevitably, Tony’s students steal their way into our hearts - in a way that always feels authentic. 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.
©2012 Tony Danza (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I do not usually get a book that the author has read which means you get a poor quality book. This one has broke all the sterotypes all teachers should read this one Mr Danza sense of humor comes thru. Yes I would listen to it again
Addicted to audio-books.
I only bought this because it was the daily deal, but I was pleasantly surprised. An insightful book, laughed, cried and my heart goes out to teachers.
Tony Danza enters the real world of teaching for one year and tells it like it is. Everyone thinks they know what teaching is all about, since they've all been students in school once, but there is so much more to the job that only teachers know. Danza tells it like it is, including his emotional investment in "his" kids, the bureaucracy in the education world, and the difficulty in letting go in the end. As a teacher I thoroughly enjoyed this book!
There was a letter sent to Mr. Danza near the beginning of the book from a retired teacher from the same school. This letter should be sent to every new teacher in America! It was moving, funny, touching, and full of truth.
Overall it was a good listen. I had no idea Tony Danza became a teacher, and the mention of him working at a TFA school intrigued me to get this book. His stories are heartfelt throughout. It is autobiographical, but it could have used a little more help from the editor in dramatizing some scenes.
I would recommend this book to anyone in the teaching profession, someone who thought about changing their profession, or anyone who enjoyed Who's The Boss.
My husband was a shop teacher for 32 years. Many of those years were in an area of underprivileged kids with a pathetic home life. The shop teacher is often one of the most loved teachers in the school. He, like Mr. Danza, was faced with the especially troubled students in the school. Unfortunately, my husband is not willing to listen to this book, he experienced too many heartbreaking situations and is not interesting in being reminded of those students with troubled lives. I was hooked by this book within the first few minutes and was sad when it ended. I ache for kids who do not have a loving home life. The school was lucky to have Mr. Danza for a year and it was too bad that he was not able to stay longer. I am so glad that he shared his raw experiences in this book.
A middle aged surfer dude who travels a lot, lives in SoCal and likes to read only good stuff.
I never thought too much about Tony Danza, I never really watched him on TV back when he was all over the place, but I now know why he was (and is) a star. What a quality guy, able to get so involved in these young peoples' lives and enrich them in such a great way. Just his one year with these kids probably did so much to change their lives for the better. What a brave thing to do when he really didn't have to. Very touching story, and I don't get teary very often.
I liked the book a lot but I rarely listen to books twice so probably not.
Mr. Danza did a great job relaying his experiences and sharing what he was thinking and how he felt. I liked hearing about his interactions with the kids.
Mr. Danza is upbeat but thoughtful and intraspective throughout.
Good book. Nice job.
This book was well written, emotional and real. As a teacher, married to a teacher and from a family of teachers, I have a firm belief in the importance of this job and am saddened by the red tape and hoop-jumping of bureaucracy as well as the difficulty of reaching students on the fringe. This book captures both the feelings of the despair of failure and the hope of success that keeps us coming back everyday. Tony Danza's voice is the perfect delivery for this memoir, too. There is something about the thick Brooklyn accent and the gravely tone of his voice telling his own story that makes it so much more real and emotional. I have recommended this book to many of my teacher friends but I hope that non-teachers read it, too. The whole reason he started this was to bring change and hope to education in our country and the more people who read it and understand what goes into teaching, the more hope there is for change.
A fabulous listen!
Tony Danza is a great story teller. As the parent of teacher I think I was able to relate to his stories of the life as a teacher. Just as Tony says teaching is a very hard and unappreciated job. You are either borned to teach or you just quit at the first chance you get> I don't think there are any teachers working for the money and job security but for the love of what they do.
Tony Danza, the teacher. He gives us a very candid and detailed story about his experiences in the classroom.
I wish I could have been able to finish it in one sitting but could not. I sent a copy to my daughter because I think every teacher should have the opportunity to hear it. I also think the all of us as ex-student should mirror Tony's sentiments when he said at the end " I would like to apologize to every teacher I ever had."
In my opinion every student teacher should have the opportunity to read or listen to this book before entering a classroom
I like the way Tony Danza works in the major problems of todays education system.
A very good listen, too bad it didn't do better on TV.
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