- Educator who has traveled the world and taught in many cultures
- Researcher of the inside workings of the education system
- Author of highly acclaimed If It’s Broken, Don’t Fix It
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As a teacher and author, Sinhue Noriega 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 world’s 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. It has since been released as an E-book. 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.”
His most recent book, If It’s Broken, Don’t Fix It is an impassioned look at why the author believes programs like No Child Left Behind and Common Core have led to a race to the bottom as teachers and institutions have been forced to focus on teaching to the test rather than to support individual student growth. It is a manifesto pushing for people in academia and parents to stand up and demand a better system for our collective future.
The Department of Education spends tens of millions of dollars towards improvements, yet test averages continue to decline at an alarming rate. The question they will not answer is: Why our students are still failing despite all the efforts?
From inside a women s correctional facility to a small town junior high, a teacher on the inside takes you on a tour of our public education system, and exposes the hypocrisy of the philosophy: they preach, what they don t want you to teach.
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.
From NCLB to Common Core –
A detailed history that begins with the modern history of education in the past 100 years. Explore the creation of the U.S. Department of Education. Understand the Elementary and Secondary Education Act signed in 1965, and subsequent reauthorizations. Then dig deeply into the Bush reauthorization known as No Child Left behind signed into law 2001. A step by step succession of NCLB and its hard to understand requirements including: yearly national testing, raising the bar, program improvement, 100% compliance. Understand why it became a failed system rejected by most states. Then understand the introduction of Common Core, how it came to be, what the governor waivers meant to each state, the role of the state school boards of education, and the adoption of Common Core. Understand Common Core testing, standards, state and federal mandates, federal funding for participants, and curriculum requirements.
Understand why more than 90% of all schools nationwide were on program improvement on a system that pushed administrators and educators to frustration.
Common Core was introduced quickly and overnight, without much training. It is as mysterious to most teachers as it is to administrators. It is imperative to understand the dynamics of that system by someone who launched the pilot predecessor of that program inside our penal facilities in 2008.
The New Congressional Education Acts – How it all fits into education –
The absence of a reauthorization on the ESEA act for over 15 years led to a Congressional bypass known as Common Core. Subsequently a legislative act for a legal replacement of the No Child Left Behind act was signed into effect by by President Barack Obam on December 10, 2015. The Every Student Succeeds Act reauthorizes and replaces previous law and now stands as The U.S. standard of education. Understand what this new authorization means to education today. Are we still under Common Core, or does this new act replace all that? Will there be a new roll over that will mean further change and training? What is coming in the future of education.
The Illegalities of Overnight Policy Bypassing Congress, and the Test –
Understand the role of government in education and how education policy works. Understand the ins an outs of where education reform begins and the programs that follow. Dive deeply into the 1965 Elementary and Secondary Education Act with its subsequent reauthorizations, then uncover the secrets behind the illegalities that allowed overnight policies that included Common Core and Race to the Top that bypassed Congress. Understand the idea of standardized testing and where is supposed to come from. Follow the trend that took us away from teaching subjects to teaching the test and its failure. Learn how to create a positive classroom environments that produces great learning achievements as they were originally designed. And yes have your students score high on the test as a byproduct to learning.
Education Best Practices: How the Brain Works –
Most students today say they hate math, they hate science and reading and writing. In general they hate school and learning. Is this the acceptable standard, or are we doing something wrong? Children are born with the desire to learn, why do we drain it by age ten?
Understand how the brain learns taken from today’s top educational scientists and sociologists. Compare your school program to the evidences of what really works. Understand educational fads, rebranding, and monetization that leads to band-aid solutions. Learn how to design and implement true evidence based educational research that really works into your own institution. Workshop hands on training of real lesson plan strategies to improve student engagement. Strike a match and set your students hair on fire.
Good Educational Strategy vs. Hype –
Every year teachers and administrators are introduced to new programs, new regulations, new requirements, and new headaches. The Department of Education spends tens of millions of dollars towards these programs yet our scores continue to plummet next to third world nations like China and Korea. Districts and schools are required to spend millions towards trainings and restructuring often with little results. Administrators are bombarded with relabeled programs and strategies and take them on good faith, because they are promoted by those same institutions that are supposed to improve the quality of education for our children. But are they good strategies and programs?
Learn the difference between good scientific based research and the hype. Understand the difference between effective teaching techniques, and modifications that create more pressure for teachers and a restrictive learning environment. What are easy ways to identify a good program vs something that looks good in the package. Increase teacher participation, implementation, and excitement about programs that work. Learn how to get away from preaching and how to produce healthy and effective continuing education and teacher training that works.
Effective Classroom Management –
The number one cause of teacher burn out is frustration. Teachers come to the field of education fired up with the idea that their classroom will be a beautiful place of learning, then wake up to the reality that today’s students are more difficult, less attentive, and more disruptive. The effective teacher is one that has an effective classroom management system.
Often teachers make the mistake of acting on the moment, or not having a plan in place when the going gets tough. It is difficult to make rational decisions when the heat of the moment takes place. It is then that a pre-created management system should be implemented. Following a consistent school wide flow chart policy dealing with behavior, and a pre-set classroom management step by step procedure and consequence guide will take the guesswork and emotion out of every situation. This is imperative in all classrooms, but especially important when confronting difficult situations.
Learn the top ten best classroom management techniques that will improve your classrooms participation well beyond the 80% requirement. Learn simple what nots and what to’s. Create a system from day one; but if you are caught taking over in the middle of the year, learn how to dive in with a system that optimizes management any time of the year. Learn the ins and outs of an effective system that gets students to “buy in” and become responsible. Students will monitor themselves and encourage others in a classroom system that takes the stress away.
Learn how to work with administration in a full school integrated management plan that flow charts what teachers should do when any situation arises. Take the guesswork out of “what should I do?” by creating a unified system where everyone is on board. There are two behavior systems that should always be in place: a school wide system, and a classroom management system. But both should complement the other.
Learning vs. Memorization –
Learning is as natural as breathing and starts when a child is born. The inquisition begins the moment a child can speak and continues as long as the child remains interested. Often we see that desire to learn diminish over time. What makes that happen?
Learn the difference between memorization and true learning. As educators and administrators we often forget that learning should be fun, not a random assortment of facts and figures given for the purpose of spewing out a test. Memorization, according to educational science, is the poorest form of education. It is kept out of long term memory, and it is discarded after its use.
Learn how to create a learning environment where learning itself becomes the prize. Fire up teachers and students toward techniques like hands on learning that will imbed the knowledge and the skills permanently into those lif- long learners. If a student is asking; a student is wanting to learn. Keep your students interested. What should a real-world classroom look like? How to create the most effective learning environment that produces life-long learners vs. good test takers.
“Mr. Noriega’s presentation was truly an eye-opening experience for all in attendance. He connected many dots for all of us. His focus on the constitutionality of Common Core and its implementation, as well as what we can do to remove not only Common Core, but those implementing it in our schools, gave us all hope and a course of action to begin working toward. His book is a MUST read for anyone confronting Common Core in their children’s school.” Jan Collins, Co-Founder Common Core Concerns – Nevada County
“I would like to thank you for your presentation on the past, present, and future of America’s education system. We have been well aware that our education system is flawed, but putting a finger on the cause is difficult. Your experience as an administrator and educator has allowed you to see through the deception and corruption that blinds the average citizen.
Your sharing of your experiences allows us to better find a solution to these problems. You have armed us with the tools necessary to seek out and fight for our children.” Stuart Dodge, NorCal Tea Party
Testimonials About If It’s Broken, Don’t Fix It
“The condition of 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.” The Midwest Book Review
If It’s Broken Don’t Fix it is a candid look at our complacent education system. Sinhue Noriega calls the current education system a national tragedy. His book takes you on a tour of the system of public education.
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.
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.” Mamta Madhavan, Readers’ Favorite