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Tony Danza Teach: Tony Danza TV Show A&E

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Tony Danza Teach: Tony Danza TV Show A&E – Tony Danza may have come into the public spotlight on “Who’s the Boss,” but he is back and better than ever on the new A&E series named “Teach: Tony Danza.” He will be returning to the class room to teach a tenth grade English class and A&E has documented his every move on the new program. It is not a fictional program, but instead follows Danza around reality-show style as he attempts to teach English to high school kids.

Before becoming a television star and movie actor Danza actually wanted to become a teacher. Of course, his early success took him on a path that did not allow him to follow his dream of teaching, but now he gets his chance to make up for lost time in his new show.

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The reality show environment was strange for Danza to get used to. Although the kids had signed up to take part in the show, Danza said that he wanted to make sure that he provided them with a very strong educational year and that he did not waste their time for the sake of filming a reality show.

It is an interesting concept, and one that could provide some real insight into the educational system here in the US. Danza does a great job as a teacher, but will that be enough to keep people from tuning out? It will all depend on how they spin the dramatic moments.

What are your thoughts on the episode?

That’s all we have for now on Teach: Tony Danza.

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  1. Karen A. Srur | Oct 2, 2010 | Reply

    As an English teaher for grades 7-12in a small town in Colorado, I share some of what Mr. Danza is experiencing among young people. Teaching may bring more tears than Tony Danza expects because he is playing for a tough audience…high school students! Does Tony realize that the Bible even states that teachers will be judged more severely than other professions? I wish him the best, but I don’t foresee his dream of becoming a teacher as something of longevity, but rather an experiment that focuses more on him than on the much needed education of our children.

  2. Margo | Oct 2, 2010 | Reply

    As a retired high school teacher I was curious about the show. Danza is a very personable guy who seems sincere about the students learning. I did have to laugh about his constant talking—that’s nerves–he’ll get over that habit. The show is a great way to show the art of teaching that can not be measured by a written test. I look forward to the rest of the episodes.

  3. Mike King | Oct 2, 2010 | Reply

    Danza has all the makings of a great teacher. One who cares for the students is number one. Also willing to learn from ones mistakes and improve as a teacher is number two. My favorite show used to be Spec Ops now it is Teach with Tony Danza.

  4. Jc | Oct 2, 2010 | Reply

    Glad to see the experience… Now we need the Powers that be… Who dictate policy to go into the classroom… Let them try to make a difference… While the world at large teaches indifference… And creates generations of children who lack respect and responsibility… Creating an ignorant society and further separation of people….

  5. Charles Wheeler | Oct 2, 2010 | Reply

    Dear Tony,

    I had some very important things to do this morning, so was a little irritated when my wife suggested that I read the article about you in our local paper. Once I had done that , however, I was so excited I forgot about the other things to do, and just had to write to you.

    Some would say that I should have addressed you as Mr. Danza, because of your fame and notoriety. However, I feel just the opposite, that Tony is more appropriate. For one thing I am ‘way too old to be one of your students. And secondly your fame as a boxer and actor, and consequently a noted public figure doesn’t hold a candle to the relatively high ranking you should be accorded because of your being a teacher. Yeah, yeah, others would say you did it just to make sure your latest show is successful, but when I read that you had for a long time wanted to be a teacher, and how seriously you approached 10th grade English, I knew that was the someone I could really look up to. (I would figuratively look down to one of your tender age, since you are the age of our oldest son).

    I had taught adults in several different classes, including operating and testing personnel in nuclear power plants, and Sunday school. Then, eighteen years ago I was challenged to accept the calling of teaching 8 – 14/15 year olds in Sunday school. I didn’t really want to do that, since we had had 5 teens of our own for a period and I had become less than enchanted with teens. Then the Bishop who had asked me to take the job pulled a trick on me, in that he said this group had run off three teachers in 4 months. Well, with a challenge such as that I could hardly refuse. Over the 32 months I had that class, before I retired and we returned home to New Mexico, I taught a total of approximately 20 of those 14/15 year olds, plus the 10 – 16/17 year olds, when their teacher was out of town. You know what, I became fascinated with teens and grew to love that group of young people. During the 13 years since returning home I have made friends with a number of teens, and consider several of them to be my closest and most valuable friends.

    Anyway, go get ‘em teach.

  6. I teach because I want to | Oct 3, 2010 | Reply

    THANK YOU for giving the world a small glimpse into the life of a teacher. I am a career-change teacher and this show is pretty close to the reality of classroom life. The children want to learn – they judge us and we feel we have the weight of the world on our shoulders. The parents shown are real! I have even had a parent try to have a conference with me at the deli counter of my supermarket. (I just wish they would have listened to what I told them to do to help their child.) Some of this does seem scripted but Principal Carroll is FANTASTIC! I am fortunate enough to have an administrator like her. That hasn’t always been the case and the attitude of the administrator flows all the way through the school.

    Unfortunately, I doubt that this show will be watched by those who need to watch it.

    I have a challenge for all of you who think teaching is so easy – volunteer to go into your local school for a few days – sit in on a class and help the teacher who has 30 students, 50% of whom are special education and talk to them. Then tell me, do you think this is an easy job and we are overpaid and underworked?

    Thanks Tony!

  7. Peter Gallo | Oct 4, 2010 | Reply

    Dear Tony, first let me congratulate you on your new series, Teach. I am a retired high school teacher from Boston, MA with 34 years of successful teaching experience. I am of 100% Italian and was the first one in my family to graduate from college (3 degrees). I would like to offer my assistance to you. What you need are some strategies to help you teach your students. I watched the first episode and could identify with your passion and pain as you attempted to teach your students. There are some fundamentals of teaching which, I believe, you are not employing. Please contact me via email so I can share some techniques for effective teaching with you. I am retired now and living in North Carolina. Look forward to hearing from you. Peter Gallo

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