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I'd Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had: My Year as a Rookie Teacher at Northeast High (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 3. September 2013
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“Breezy…Danza is able to shed light on a number of the underreported struggles teachers face.”
“In this endearing memoir, Danza defies expectations…[filled with] refreshing honesty…provides insights into a teacher’s daily life.”
“A witty, self-deprecating, and charming account of how being a teacher extends far beyond the four walls of a classroom. From sweating through his shirt to harboring adoption fantasies, Tony Danza depicts his brutally and beautifully real experience as a first-year high-school teacher. With humor and honesty, he highlights the emotional toll of teaching and describes how one of the most important careers in America is still one of the most unappreciated.”
--Erin Gruwell, author of the #1 New York Times bestselling The Freedom Writers Diary
“At age 59 Tony Danza inexplicably chose to become a teacher at a tough, inner-city school. The story he tells is moving, eye-opening, and compellingly honest. Love infuses his work, and he cries a lot. Read this book and you will too.”
--Joel Klein, former New York City Schools chancellor
“It takes a lot of courage to stand in front of a group of teens and proclaim yourself their teacher. It takes even more to be a good one -- someone who sees each student as an individual with a unique life story. Tony Danza put himself forward to teach children and learn from them, knowing that the more he really understood these kids the better teacher he could be for them. We easily forget how truly difficult it is to be a transformational teacher and in these pages you can see that’s what he became.”
--Rosalind Wiseman, New York Times bestselling author of Queen Bees & Wannabees
“Tony Danza is filled with life, joy and the spirit of altruism – which makes him a natural teacher, as well as a perfect witness to the victories and tragedies in today’s inner-city classroom. Like teaching itself, this book is an emotional roller-coaster – but it’s also a sobering account of the perilous state of schools in our poor communities. This is a must-read for anyone who cares about the future of the nation’s children.”
--Geoffrey Canada, President and CEO, Harlem Children’s Zone
“I highly recommend I’d Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had to everyone who has thought about teaching as an encore career – and anyone who wants to know what life is like for teachers and students in American public school classrooms today. Tony’s book will make you laugh, cry, and cheer. It serves as a call to action for every one of us to take a stand and commit to the education of our young people.”
--Sherry Lansing, Former CEO of Paramount Pictures and Founder of The Sherry Lansing Foundation
"A great antidote to all those pieces by folks who consider teaching glorified babysitting."
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
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.
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Belle expérience d'enseignant dans le monde actuel.
I had the pleasure of meeting Tony Danza which was exciting. He said that the experience changed his life.
I’ve since bought several more of these books to share with other teachers and also in my Little Free Library.
I highly recommend this book.
After spending 30+ years teaching elementary school, I can vouch for Tony Danza. He truly understands what teachers go through every single day. Trained as a history teacher, Danza turned to a boxing career and then a very successful show biz career developed. But he always wanted to teach. He was given the one year job to teach at one of Philadelphia's toughest high schools. But of course it was all taped for a TV show called TEACH.
During his one year experience, Tony learns that teaching children subjects, is a lot different than teaching subjects to children. He engaged his students, he laughed at himself and with his students and many times he broke down and cried.
Tony realized early on that teaching is one of the least respected, most difficult jobs ever. IMHO, this book tells it just the way it is. If we continue to engage in the NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND scenario, we will be doomed forever. Teachers need to allow themselves to walk in the student's shoes,as Danza writes. Try to figure out why they do not want to learn. Find a way to make them want to learn by making learning fun. And above all, have administrators that praise teachers, not degrade them for the silliest of issues.
I don't think that I have ever read a better book on how to do a good job teaching. No college class, no textbook, no administrator, no other teacher has ever hit the nail on the head, as well as Tony does in this great read.
It is not the teacher's fault, although there are some bad teachers. It is the responsibility of both the parents and the teachers to make certain that their children understand how valuable a good education can be.
I really have to tip my hat to Tony Danza for trying to help as many children as possible, while fighting parents, administrators, secretaries etc. If we could all try to understand how difficult it is to teach a classroom of students and make changes which enable teachers to do their thing, we would all be much better off.
One of the teachers at Northeast High in Philly gave Tony a plaque/scroll on his last day. This is what was inscribed, which to this reader is perfection, as far as a teacher is concerned.
"The inscription in the scroll tells the story of a huge storm that roils the sea and washes thousands of starfish up onto the beach. The clouds break, and the sun comes out and begins to bake the starfish. A man wanders by and sees the thousands of stranded stars. He doesn't know what to do at first, but then starts to throw them back in the water one by one. Another man come by and says to him, 'What are you doing? There are so many, you're not making much of a difference.' "The first man bends and picks up another starfish, throws it in the water and says, " Made a difference to that one."
Education in the USA must change and it must change quickly for the better. Stop throwing money at the issue and let the teachers do their jobs without interference of having to teach to some ridiculous test.
Danza understands and by reading this marvelous book, maybe one starfish will understand also.
It's terrifying to realize that we are treating our children, THE FUTURE of this once great nation, so poorly. It's hard to believe, in this day and age, that
'almost 50% of our children don't get their high school diploma!' (per Tony's graduation speech).
As one reviewer said this book "Should be required reading" for all Americans!!!
Thank you Tony, both for putting in the effort and for sharing that effort with us. The lives you touched will never be the same! Also, thank you for being the person I've always suspected you to be. Based on this book, you would still make a great teacher.☺