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Tony Danza's Message to Teachers





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Published on Aug 27, 2012

What does Tony Danza know about education? You might figure that as the irrepressible star of hit TV shows like "Taxi" and "Who's the Boss?" and several Broadway shows and films, Tony would know plenty about working a room -- but working a classroom?

Tony's in-the-trenches teaching experience was acquired in the 2009-2010 school year, working as an English teacher in Philadelphia's largest and most diverse high school. As a rank amateur, he faced down 26 kids every day who doubted his credentials and made him prove himself. How well did he do? And what lessons did he learn about what it means to be a teacher?

Featuring indelible portraits of students and teachers alike, his book, 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.

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