If It's Broken Don't Fix it

A Candid Look at our Complacent Education System

Non-Fiction - Education
240 Pages
Reviewed on 09/04/2013
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Author Biography

As a teacher and author, Sinhue has traveled to many parts of the world, and experienced many different cultures.  Born in New York in 1971 he has lived up to his Egyptian name’s reputation as a man of many journeys.  He earned his English degree at Weber State University, in Utah 2006.  He has researched the education system, teaching in several parts of the country. His hands-on-approach to teaching is a refreshing step towards interactive learning which he adapted from many of the worlds most exceptional educational philosophers.  His roles in both administration and teaching have facilitated great research inside the education system; giving him insights into the intricacies of the system. 
His first full length novel “Prisoner of Paradise” was published in Dec. 2003.  Since then, with recent re-release on Ebook.  He has continued to travel, focusing his research on education; primarily targeting the cause of what is now being perceived as this country’s “educational collapse.” 
Sinhue continues to teach inside the classroom, while he also addresses the causes and solutions to today’s educational crisis to educators and concerned parents.  
His official website is: http://www.repealthecommoncore.com

    Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

If It's Broken Don't Fix it - A Candid Look at our Complacent Education System by Sinhue Noriega is an interesting book dealing with the author's view point on the prevailing education system. He describes the system as broken and complacent. He calls the current education system a national tragedy. The book takes you on a tour of the system of public education. The author reveals that normally what is preached is never practiced.

I enjoyed the book. It exposes the flawed education system prevailing in our society now. Education plays a key role in shaping the future of any individual, so it is important that they should be given the best possible education. The author feels education should be progressive, giving students the chance to discover their potential with help of teachers and develop it.

This book is a must read for all teachers, academicians, professionals, administrators, and even parents. The author had made it a point to speak about all the educational aspects in detail. The decline in the education system is a cause of concern for all and the author speaks about it brilliantly.

'We are in a business that rewards attendance rather than performance, and teachers are the framework of that business' - the author has brilliantly encapsulated the realities of the system. The dedication to teach is lacking among the teachers, with the interference from parents being a hindrance.

Midwest Book Review

"The conditionof our public school system throughout the nation is one of escalating controversy, scandal, and protest. "If It's Broken Don't Fix It" by Sinhue Noriega is a 240 page compendium providing the reader with an accurate and detailed commentary on the current shortcomings and failures of American educational institutions today. Informed and informative, "If It's Broken Don't Fix It" should be considered mandatory reading for parents, teachers, school administrators, politicians, and non-specialist general readers who are concerned with the state of education in America today and seeking remedies for the complacency that supports the current status quo. Simply stated, "If It's Broken Don't Fix It" is highly recommended for personal, professional, community, and academic library Contemporary Education Studies reference collections and supplemental reading lists."

Emerald Fire Bookmark Rev

"Told from the perspective of an educator and author, Sinhue Noriega reveals many of the secrets of America's broken and failing education system. Learn the reasons why - despite spending tens of millions of dollars on education - the American education system still allows and accepts failing test scores and graduates students who are poorly prepared for life beyond the classroom. Learn how the government managed to wrest complete control over education from the states; bypassing congress with a power-grab that happened seemingly overnight.
I have to say, that as I read this book, there seemed to me to be more news coverage of the American education system than there ever was before. Perhaps that was the way it has always been; but I was just more attuned to the news coverage, because I was reading this book. Anyway, I knew that the American education system was in dire straits; I just never realized that education standards had slipped as low as they have so quickly. It's frightening to witness!

I give this book an A+! and am eagerly looking forward to reading Sinhue Noriega's novel, Prisoner of Paradise sometime in the future."