Kathie Lee & Hoda: Tony Danza Interview
Tony Danza is a triple threat of a different kind. He is an actor, author and a teacher. Although he said he was never a model student, he has written a book about his experiences in the classroom and it is called I’d Like To Apologize To Every Teacher I Ever Had: My Year As A Rookie Teacher At Northeast High.
Tony Danza: I’d Like To Apologize To Every Teacher I Ever Had Review
Kathie Lee said he had said it was an easy book to write because he kept a journal all year. Tony said it was not an easy book to write, but he did keep a journal and he had a lot of material to work with like his lesson plans and video stuff.
He said he wanted to be a teacher when he was in school and his friends became teachers, but he didn’t and he became a boxer and his Mom wanted to kill him. It is always a part of him that he wanted to do and it was the road not taken.
He also regrets, hence the title, that he didn’t take full advantage when he was in school. We thought you were either two types of students: either the studious kind of the partying kind.
Tony Danza: Teachers Get A Bad Rap
Kathie Lee said teachers are thought to be the ones that have to teach, but the kids have to learn at the same time. Tony said you can complain about teachers and there are bad teachers and there are disgruntled teachers out there. The statistics show that 30% after three years and 50% after five years quit. When he went to orientation, there were 800 new teachers and they were so gung-ho about it and something happens there to lose it.
Tony Danza: Students Have To Want It
He said the solution is that we can’t want it more than the students want it. Tony said the kids have to understand that it is not like when he was a kid and he could fool around in school and then get a job on an assembly line or a construction site and have a middle class life. You can’t do that anymore.
Tony Danza: Only One Year
He told the principal that at his age, he is not sure he wants to care about anything. He said it is so overwhelming and it is a lot.