I'd Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had by Tony Danza
My Year as a Rookie Teacher at Northeast High

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8 Critic Reviews

Teachers will appreciate Danza’s advocacy, and perhaps readers who know him from TV will be moved to consider the urgent questions he raises.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

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 not to cut him any slack.  They cared nothing 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 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 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.
 

About Tony Danza

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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.
 
Published September 11, 2012 by Crown Archetype. 272 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Education & Reference, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Excellent
Aug 01 2012

Teachers will appreciate Danza’s advocacy, and perhaps readers who know him from TV will be moved to consider the urgent questions he raises.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
May 21 2012

Danza’s writing style is accessible to a wide audience, and while there might be a bit of the jocular boss left in him, he provides insights into a teacher’s daily life.

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The Washington Post

Excellent
Reviewed by Colin Fleming on Sep 07 2012

Anyone expecting Danza to mug his way through the year is bound to come away shaken by the man’s sincerity. And he has a knack for turning a phrase.

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Macleans

Excellent
Reviewed by Joanne Latimer on Sep 13 2012

Readable and raw, the book confirms two things: Danza’s enduring likability and his commitment to the kids long after the cameras stopped rolling.

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NY Daily News

Excellent
Reviewed by Alexander Nazaryan on Sep 10 2012

Danza doesn't just survive...behind the famous, winsome smile is a deeper concern for what our classrooms are and what they must become.

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Philly.com

Excellent
Reviewed by Martha Woodall on Sep 21 2012

With his book, Danza reveals the rewards and heartbreak of teaching, and offers a valentine to his students and colleagues.

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LongIslandPress.com

Excellent
Reviewed by Jaclyn Gallucci on Sep 09 2012

Tony Danza wrote a book about his experiences as a school teacher, we figured that was before his days on Who’s the Boss? But it’s wasn’t and that’s what makes this book so great.

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Calgary Herald

Excellent
Reviewed by Yvonne Jeffery on Sep 27 2012

This book isn’t about Tony Danza the actor. It’s about one person genuinely trying to make a difference. And that’s what makes it worth reading.

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