First off my philosophy on teaching kids:
Optimally...each day: "I want a child to know what excellence is, what it feels like, and do something they are excellent in."
Second- Homework Philosophy:
Homework gives a child introspection, practice, and self remediation of what was covered in class. It reinforces learning...which will heighten achievement. If they are doing excellently in a subject, homework lends another opportunity to do that "extra" and show it off to their teacher, friends, parent, etc.
Homework is the real world equivalent of "going to work to finish the job". We want to teach our children to do the extra for excellence in whatever they do.
Third - how much?
Homework has to be monitored collectively by their subject/grade level instructors. For example; if in middle school "Johnny" has 6 subjects, those teachers need to articulate and come to a consensus of what is a reasonable amount...such that the net "homework time" is not an unreasonable amount. Elementary instructors can easily monitor their amount based on the needs of their students and subject areas (ex. challenging/new Math concept...give them more Math practice)
General rules of homework time:
Elementary - 10 min. per subject; more in their challenge subject for practice
Middle - no more than 30 min. per subject, Remedial: Math, Science, Reading - another 30 min. in their weak subject.
High School - depends on track and needs:
College - expect some subjects will give an hour (AP & Honors), most of us agreed on 1/2 -45 min. per subject
Vocational - an hour or more since this is project orientated
Remedial - Math, Science, Reading - up to an hour in their weak subject
Frequently the question of adding more public charter schools comes up. We should always remember that public charter schools were originated to provide education for those demographics our public schools could not. Thus, charter schools serve as a "compliment" to our public schools vs. having a replacement status. An example would include Pepin Academy - a public charter school which serves only learning related disabilities.
Public charter schools were not intended to replace, duplicate, or receive dedicated funds for our public schools. Remember, there is one pot of money for education; our state legislature and local leaders need to be reminded to not "rob Peter to pay Paul".
What is your position on the expansion of public charter schools in Hillsborough County?
Yes, for continued expansion under these conditions:
2. To determine where they are best needed and if they “best serve the needs of our kids”,
4. To gain a clear understanding of their funding, where they are getting it from, and how they are spending it
Consider the Facts:
1. Currently, in Florida there are 17,000 students (estimated Hillsborough County) in our public charter schools and 206,000(est) students in public schools...consider that when you look at public education funding. Also, consider us taxpayers foot the bill for public charter schools; and if they fail, students frequently return to existing public schools.
2. There are currently 47 operating and 56 approved public charter schools.
3. In 2016, the growth of For-Profit charter schools will increase duplication in curriculum, specialization, and location to existing public charter schools. Check out: Charter Schools USA