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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.

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  • kristy
  • Alrexandria, VA, United States
  • 06-27-13

Hope and change

Where does I'd Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Middle

What was one of the most memorable moments of I'd Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had?

Everytime he connected w the students.

Which character – as performed by Tony Danza – was your favorite?

Him.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

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.

Any additional comments?

I could still picture 'tony' from who's the boss through the story.....:)

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  • Kevin
  • WEST CHESTER, OHIO, United States
  • 06-25-13

An unexpected delight

Where does I'd Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I've listened to quite a few audiobooks. This particular book ranks in the top 10% of those books.

Who was your favorite character and why?

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.

Which character – as performed by Tony Danza – was your favorite?

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.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

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.

Any additional comments?

A great audio book, concise and entertaining. I recommend it to any teacher or parent.

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Impactful, DEFINITELY worth a listen

What did you love best about I'd Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had?

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.

Would you be willing to try another book from Tony Danza? Why or why not?

Doubtful. I only listened to this one because of the subject matter.

Have you listened to any of Tony Danza’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

no

Any additional comments?

Danza deserves credit for the most unusual quality of this author-narrated book. Most STINK! This one is decent.

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a wonderful and painfull look at modern schooling.

Mr. Danza was amazing for starting and finishing this one year of teaching. great book!!!!

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  • W. Nee
  • Walpole, MA USA
  • 11-02-17

We all should have to teach one year

Loved listening to Tony & hearing about his year in the classroom including his struggles and his honest description of the day to day challenges that teachers face.

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Entertaining and Enlightening

I loved this book. it was a joy to listen to and I always wanted to know what was going to happen next. I also feel much more informed about what teachers go through! They are educating and partially raising the people in our country on a stressed out pittance. I was on awe of the dedication of some of the teachers and feel moved to make a difference myself. I would recommend this book to anyone!

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From one teacher to another

Thank you Tony Danza, I absolutely love this book, and recommend it for all teachers!

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Great listen even for non-teachers!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It opened my eyes to the struggles that teachers face. The narration by Mr. Danza makes the stories seem more like an in-person discussion rather than a mere audio book.

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Educational and Inspiring

I really enjoyed this book read by the author. It helped me to gain perspective on what teachers deal with every day, even though Danza himself admits it's only the tip of the iceberg. It's also strangely kindled an interest in poetry...

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Love it!

Really enjoyed this reflection. Great insight into the profession. Danza shares some great teaching ideas.