Education

Who’s the Teacher?

By Bryan Toporek — August 20, 2009 1 min read

Tony Danza, best known as the star of the 1980s T.V. show ”Who’s The Boss?”, will be embracing a new role this fall as a teacher at Northeast High School in Philadelphia, as part of a new A&E reality show called “Teach,” according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

In the show, Danza will co-teach a sophomore class alongside a certified teacher. The cameras will be invisible to the students.

"[I am] humbled, honored and so grateful that the City of Philadelphia has decided to let us try this,” said Danza. “I have always wanted to teach, so this is a gift for me. I will work hard to make sure I don’t let anyone down, especially the kids.”

Both Philadelphia schools Superintendent Arlene Ackerman and Mayor John Nutter signed off on the show, believing it could shine a much needed light on urban education, according to People.com’s report on the show.

“This important project will help illuminate the joy, rewards and challenges of one of the most gratifying professions available, a first-year teacher in the city of Philadelphia,” Ackerman said in a released statement.

Update: Veteran educator Nancy Flanagan thinks this is a really bad idea. ...

A version of this news article first appeared in the Web Watch blog.