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.
Everytime he connected w the students.
Many...makes you appreciate your past teachers...have hope hat there are many more like him....but frustrated that schools in posh areas receive far more funding just bc of the area and eliteness, when 5 miles away there are kids in HS who cant read... And it all right in our Nations Capitol...disgraceful! I applauded Mr. Danza for brining so many of the struggles by teachers, administration, etc.
I could still picture 'tony' from who's the boss through the story.....:)
I've listened to quite a few audiobooks. This particular book ranks in the top 10% of those books.
Tony Danza. Author, narrator and teacher, he was by far my favorite. Not only did he read the book, which for me always adds something special to the audio presentation and to the characters, but he painted a picture of his class that invoked both compassion for the kids and sympathy for Mr. D's plight.
I myself am a first year teacher, thrown in over my head into classes I'm barely qualified to teach. I met a friend in Mr. D's and would have liked to be in his class myself.
I think my favorite is when he puts the class into a character, as if they react as a single, unified force. The class talks like a single person. Those are my favorite.
Adoption fancy. Both real and heartbreaking, it is unbelievable what some city kids can go through in their lives. In the end, they are just kids. They need us both as teachers and adults. Mr. D found out how hard it is to reach students who don't have parents, or don't have a parent, or don't have anyone who cares.
The poetry section almost made me cry.
A great audio book, concise and entertaining. I recommend it to any teacher or parent.
I most enjoyed the emotion and the personal impact on Danza's life from a year of teaching.
I choose this book hoping it would influence my decision to enter teaching in my 50s, as Dnaza did, more or less. I will give it a try based on how he described the profound impact teaching had on his life.
Doubtful. I only listened to this one because of the subject matter.
Danza deserves credit for the most unusual quality of this author-narrated book. Most STINK! This one is decent.
I finished my first year of teaching. Coming from a different profession I questioned if anyone else felt the same way. The reality is that teaching is hard work but rewarding. Tony Danza is onpoint with the politics and day to day struggles teacher's face in shaping tomorrow's future.
Yes! *SO* great hearing Tony read it!
His entire journey into the life of the profession.
I really enjoyed this book! Child of two teachers, so I respect the profession immensely. It was great to see someone jump into the fray and share his experiences.
This book is a great read or listen for teachers and parents. It shows the inner struggle a teacher faces while trying to swim through students' needs and bureaucracy. I wish local and federal education administrators could spend a semester teaching like Tony Danza. Eyes would be wide open! Thank you Tony...from a high school teacher.
As a 20 year veteran teacher, I am grateful to Mr. Danza for publicizing his unique perspective. As I am approaching the end of another year, the Starfish story reminded me that I can't make a difference to every student, but i don't have to.
This was an interesting view of what it would be like to go into teaching and also what can be accomplished if more people would spend the time and/or money to make education a priority.
I did make it through the book in a single day. It wasn't one sitting, but that wasn't for lack of effort.
Made me appreciate even more the many wonderful public school teachers i had the privilege of learning from. His passion comes through so vividly! If we had a teacher like him for every 50 students can you imagine what could be accomplished???
Say something about yourself!
Not sure exactly how accurate Tony Danza's story as a short-time Teacher at an urban High School is... and I don't care! I was solidly hooked to his compelling account and completed this audio adventure relatively quick. He comes off as a man of compassion, intelligence and heart.
There's a good mixture of drama, comedy and intrigue and towards the end, I found myself wanting to hear more. So... I did; listened through most of it a second time. Unfortunately, of the dozens of audiobooks I own, only a handful have arrested my attention from start to finish and this is one of them. There a lot of great books, but not a lot of great transfers of those books to the audio theater. Which is why, this came as a pleasant surprise.
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