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 t to cut him any slack. They cared thing 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 techlogically 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.
TONY DANZA, before he grew up and starred in such classic TV series as Taxi and Who s the Boss? as well as on Broadway, was a discipline problem at Long Island s Malverne High School, for which he is deeply apologetic. These days, he divides his time between New York City and Los Angeles.