Actor Tony Danza (Taxi, Who’s the Boss?) will be on the Ursinus College campus on Saturday, Sept. 15, at 6:30 p.m. in Bomberger Auditorium to promote his new book, I Would Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had: My Year as a Rookie Teacher at Northeast High. Tickets for the event, which is sponsored by the Towne Book Center in Collegeville, cost $30 and include admission and an autographed copy of the book. Tickets are available at Towne Book Center, which is located at 220 Plaza Drive in Collegeville, or by calling 610-454-0640. Space is limited.
The book details the year that Danza spent teaching 10th grade at Northeast High School in Philadelphia. Entering Northeast’s crowded halls in September of 2009, Tony found his way to a classroom filled with 26 students who were determined to not cut him any slack. They cared nothing about his 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.