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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.

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I'd Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had
February 26th, 2015
A very interesting insight into the life of a teacher and the state of education. Many of the observations about the American education system apply here in Canada as well, for both teachers and students. Students face daily challenges that I never knew at that age. Teachers have more work and higher expectations placed on them on a regular basis. Money for essentials like texts and supplies have or are drying up. Maintenance of the physical plants, the bricks and mortar, is lacking because of chronic underfunding. The pressure to perform on standardised tests is incredible, and does not seem to really improve student success.
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