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Publisher's Summary

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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I loved it

I thought I would be bored but it was well written and well read. Makes me wonder why anyone would want to be a teacher in today's world.

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simply awesome

this book is amazing. so true, so honest, so real. never been so moved by a book before. awesome.

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Must read for first year teachers! Not alone:)

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.

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Loved it!

Would you consider the audio edition of I'd Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had to be better than the print version?

Yes! *SO* great hearing Tony read it!

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

His entire journey into the life of the profession.

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

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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.

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A very honest look at teaching.

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.

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Appreciated

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.

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Heart felt and Scary

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

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.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I did make it through the book in a single day. It wasn't one sitting, but that wasn't for lack of effort.

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Funny, poignant, touching, heartwarming

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???

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Compelling Tale

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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It's All True

He tells the truth about what we're going through. Read this if you want an honest look at the first year of teaching.