• Asking for help is different than asking for an answer, ie. like how many ounces in 3 pounds?
  • That is certainly true, Miss A. I believe that it is a 50/50 thing, for while many students can't get help from their parents and/or guardians, a lot of them are just trying to use other people to do their homework. Plus, a lot of people are irritable and homework questions may be their only or main pet peeve. An apple for Miss Awesome, courtesy of Avid. :)
  • Yeah, but there is a difference between asking for help as in "how would i solve this question?" and just asking for the answer. when my mom helped me with school work when i was a kid, she never just told me the answers no matter how easy it was for her and how difficult it was for me. instead she would work with me until i figured out how to solve it on my own. if the student just wants an answer that probably means they havent paid enough attention in class and dont really care about learning this topic, they just want to pass the assignment.
  • I think that asking for the answer helps no one/anything other that the kid's homework grade. I prefer google or a calculator.
  • I don't know. If one goes through the problem, and makes sure that the student knows how the answer is reached, that is an effective learning method.
  • In the beginning I was upset by it, but after saying something like DYOH (Do Your Own Homework) to someone and them coming back with, "I'm a mother helping my son do his homework. I can't figure it out. Can someone help me?" and asked the question at , I remembered that there were many times a teacher taught what they could, then didn't have time to help during or after class. I recently answered . Everyone is different. Hopefully they'll see my last answer and your question. ;-)
  • Those are parents who should not be ! I do not believe that there is EVER a stupid question from a child, especially .... And; with their HOMEWORK , of all things where they need to learn to get their education , so they will become productive members of society ... to become annoyed or yelll at them is UNTHINKABLE .... I do believe one of the reasons is that schoolwork nowdays is much harder than it was 20 years or so ago . Most Parents might not have a clue on how to help a child and thus they feel so inadaquet and are embarasssed to tell the chil;d that they don't know or know how to find out the answer .... That is why I am in favor of Study Groups first thing in the morning and last period in school ; so kids can work together near the teachers who CAN give them answers to these more difficult problems that kids have today ...
  • THANK YOU !!! <3 !
  • It's hard to determine if the questioner really needs help or if they are just too lazy to do their homework. To see a mathmateical equation with a question mark at the end upsets me. I'm not sure if the questioner will be helped if someone else is doing all the work for them. Are they really learning anything other than how to ask other people for answers? Will ABers answering their homework be there when they take a test?
  • I don't. My daughters in high school & there are many times when she needs help but unfortunately, I have no clue how to help her
  • I see your point, but I get the sense that most kids asking for homework help are only hoping for an easy answer and don't want to take the time to research it for themselves. There are more resources than ever for kids to get the information they need to do their research.
  • I have no problem "helping" but about 90% of it wants not help but answers. We get stuff like : "Write a 700 word essay on _________" or "I need a report on ???". to me that is NOT helping, they want us to do it for them. My parents sucked at helping me with homework and now it's much more complicated but when it takes them longer to type the question, categorize it and then copy down the answers then it takes them to google it, I have a problem.
  • I have waffeled on this question for some time. At first I was DYOH all the way, but after discussion with others I realise there are times when help is needed. I AM very annoyed at obvious Just give me the answer so I can write it down questions. I have even seen requests for answers to standardized tests with the book title, ect with out even asking the question. If I see an honest request for help I will try to steer them the right way and/or help THEM to find the answer.
  • I think that people are so tired and bogged down by everything else they have to do in life; that it just seems like another thing to deal with that they don't have time for.
  • I agree with you. And the scolding is way out of line. Why answer if all you are going to do is scold? The poor kid might be desperate. I think some people scold just so they can imply, "See? I'm so smart I can tell you are doing homework." I hate that. Kids are not going to stop. Just ignore their questions or try to help, I say.
  • I don't think there's any harm in asking, so long as the student is looking not just for an answer verbatim that they can copy to their homework, but also for the process to get the answer. If someone planning to be a NASA scientist, for example, decides to be a slacker and get all their homework done by strangers, we can only hope they'd be washed out of any program that involves building stuff to manage human life. Like if someone programs a life support system wrong because they didn't master how to do long division or differential equations or whatever, it could cost lives. I've taken computer certifications before, basically you take a test and you get a certificate which is supposed to tell potential employers and colleagues that you have a certain level of knowledge about a given computer area (networking, hardware, software, programming, etc.). Some people will go to a "boot camp" and get the knowledge in these courses crammed into their head in a matter of weeks solely for the purpose of taking and passing the exam. This is fine, so long as they have the actual knowledge, but if their only exposure to real-world situations has been through textbooks (i.e. they have none) then their usefulness as a professional in the field is debatable. Those kinds of people are responsible for screwups because they lack deep knowledge about processes and paradigms that often can come only from hands-on experience and practice.
  • There is a big difference between asking for help and asking for the answer. Especially when they have a whole assignment posted. If they really wanted help so they could learn how to do it, then they wouldn't be asking for just the answer. They clearly just want someone else to do their homework for them.
  • I don’t, they keep me up to date.And as you said many students can't get any help at home.
  • alot of parents get frustrated out of ignorance, not from being annoyed. IT IS HARD TRYING TO EXPLAIN TO YOUR KID THAT YOU DONT HAVE A CLUE BECAUSE YOU DIDNT GET PAST 7TH GRADE BEFORE YOU BECAME A PARENT. It is sad, then when the child fails the parents want to show up in designer clothing with designer purses, in luxury cars, and curse out the teacher the principal and every office worker, because their child thought George Washington was a name brand shoe.
  • I don't have a problem if somebody asks for help, but I don't see them asking for help, I see them asking for answers.
  • (long answer) I've never weighed in on this one, so here's my two cents worth. To me, there's a big difference between saying "give me, give me, give me .. the answers" and "here's what I have to answer .. here's what I've tried so far .. I'm thinking this .. what might I try next?" It's all about ATTITUDE. The first one above implies wanting something for nothing. No work. No collaboration. No mentoring even. Just wanting an easy out. Then, skate by .. now in school .. later in life .. all on someone else's efforts. I feel "used" in those situations and tend not to answer. I don't say terrible things to those folks. I just ignore them. The second one above implies someone who is actively WORKING on their homework .. assumes they SHOULD .. and now is coming to get advice on how to proceed .. NOT for easy answers. That's the person I'd go out of my way for .. teaching them HOW TO FISH rather than tossing them a FISH good for one meal then they're right back .. since they have no idea how to fish! A side note at the end here? I've run into the same principle with adults so I don't think it's just a "kid or teenager thing". I run into it all the time in genealogy circles. Researchers meet up and find they have surname or locality interests in common. Some genealogy board posters will write and say "give me everything you've got on the xyz family". As a given RIGHT! Even if it's taken you 30 years and lots of money to find that information. Not only that, but you may not even get a thank you for any bits of it you DO decide to share. But luckily there are others who ask a question about this or that ancestor .. but include what they've already tried! Like the above, they assume they have a role to play .. share what they've done so far .. even share WHAT THEY THINK of what they've found .. THEN ask for help. And that help isn't usually "give me the answer", but rather .. what direction to research next or possible record sources to try or even get a different interpretation of the facts they've found so far. So full circle? It's not about homework. It's not about ancestor information. It's all about PEOPLE - their attitudes - expectations - style - ultimately, their values. I don't appreciate "moochers" but I value highly "collaborators" who simply don't yet have an answer. If it's only a "take" atmosphere, then after awhile, no surprise if there's either resentment or burnout. But if there's a "give and take" atmosphere? Anything is possible and we can all help each other a LOT. :)
  • It depends on the circumstances. Several factors must be considered. How often is the child asking for help? How many times does the child ask for help during one assignment? What type of question(s) is he or she asking? Has the child tried to do the work his or herself? It's important that a child feels that their parents or teacher are approachable and to not be shy to ask for help because giving up a difficult assignment or settling for less than their best are not options, however, at the same time, he or she needs to learn to be self-reliant. There's a fine line between a child who is struggling and a child who just isn't taking the initiative as well as between helping the child and doing most or all of the work. If a child is given a list of vocabulary words and tasked with finding the definition of each word in the dictionary and copying it down, there is a significant difference between flipping the dictionary to the page with the needed word for him or her and showing him or her how to look up the word themselves (the preceding is a real scenario from when I was in 5th grade). There is also a whole nother angle to this. Perhaps the frustration is not caused by the child asking for help but by the parent's being incapable of helping. For example, I'll be incapable of helping my niece years from now when she's in high school and/or possible future children with chemistry homework if they ever need it as I never took chemistry.
  • 1-16-2017 The biggest problem is when teachers don't teach, and a kid doesn't even know the right question to ask. For example, teachers don't know how to teach fractions. They never did. When I was a kid in the 50s, teachers spent two and a half freaking years trying to teach us fractions by showing us bits of colored paper. I had already learned the subject completely in fifth grade, in one afternoon, by measuring boards with a ruler and figuring how far apart to put the nails. I just feel sick when a kid asks a question about fractions because it means that tax money spent on public schools is wasted.

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