By Mandi Bierly
August 06, 2010 at 10:21 PM EDT

Image Credit: Charles Norfleet/PR PhotosWe’ve seen celebrities take on jobs before in reality shows, but committing to the length of a full school year is rare and commendable. Teach: Tony Danza, the seven-part series chronicling Danza’s stint spent teaching 10th grade English at Philadelphia’s largest urban high school, will debut on Oct. 1, A&E has announced. “Teaching is something I always wanted to do,” said Danza, who earned a degree in history education before his acting career took off. “Getting the opportunity to do it at Northeast High School and seeing the difference a teacher can make was really a dream come true. I hope the series shows what it’s actually like to be a teacher in a public school in America, and shines a light on some of the problems facing us all as we try to educate our children. I also hope it might inspire other people to think about how they might help.”

Under the guidance of the school principal and an in-room teaching coach, Danza plans and executes lessons, administers quizzes and exams, grades homework, attends faculty meetings, and holds parent-teacher conferences. He also helps out with the football team, the band, and the debate team, and organizes a school fundraiser. If this is as genuine as it sounds, it’s possible my most recent memory of Danza will no longer be him flipping his go-kart during a race with Rusty Wallace on his talk show. That would be nice for both of us.