High School Students Admit they Cheat to Get Their Homework Completed

According to an article in the Bethesda, Maryland, Walt Whitman High School newspaper, of the 500 Whitman students surveyed, 70 percent admitted to cheating on a test, and 95 percent admitted to copying homework. One of the students is quoted as saying, “I consider copying homework to be cheating yourself, but I do not consider it an offense. I feel better about copying if the other person doesn’t care if I copy their homework. You’ve got to do what you got to do to survive.�

77 Comments on “High School Students Admit they Cheat to Get Their Homework Completed”

  1. Anonymous says:

    “You’ve got to do what you got to do to survive.â€?
    This is soooooooooooooooooooo true.
    What makes people think that if the kids have a choice between doing homework (taking an hour), and copying homework (taking ten minutes at most), that they will choose to spend an hour of their time doing something that they dont have to nor want to. Why?
    Who in their right mind would do that?
    You see, the problem is that the educational system that is in place now is making kids do busywork that they dont even want to do. Do you honestly think that they are going to do the work for the education? Well i tell you that the majority of them dont. If you can cheat on the homework and then cheat on the test, why do the work?
    The point is that you get the grade.
    You have to realize that at some point the kids are going to say “i want my own life, i dont want to be dictated by these people anymore”. The brilliant part about it is that we (the students) have the ability to control the school system now. You (the “teachers”) have showed us how to manipulate the system. We have been watching and learning about the way that you control us; and the great thing about being human and possesing this knowledge is that we can find the holes within your system. Go ahead, try and stop it, you wont be able to, there is always new and brilliant minds coming out of the woodwork.

    Because of the way you taught us, we can always stay one step ahead of you.

    January 18th, 2007 at 11:09 pm
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  2. Anonymous says:

    They are right-we will keep adapting in ways you dont want us to if something about the educational system isnt changed

    January 18th, 2007 at 11:17 pm
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  3. Anonymous says:

    i cheated my way throgh year 8 cuz i didnt understand a word of the science or maths. come year 9 i was in top set 4 science and 2nd set for maths (thats out of 7 groups) because i was in a higher class i had to pay attention to keep up and i dne really well in test and stuff. now im doing my GCSE im in a top class and thus i have opertunities to do tests that will give me higher grades. if i was in a lower grade i would be doing foundation. cheating rocks! its saves time and effort. the only tests that count (Sats, gcse, A levels) its impossible to cheat and not get caught. in this world u gotta dfo what u need to do to get by. others 1 bad day an u might flunk 1 lousy test, get set back a grade, ddo a lower level test, not get the grade u need to get into the school of ur choice and BAM end up in mcdonalds as Miss sawer always says.

    February 22nd, 2007 at 2:34 pm
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  4. Anonymous says:

    Students who cheat are just doing what they feel is easiest. It is so much easier to copy someones homework then have to actually look the answers up yourself. Cheating isn’t really bad, because it’s just not applying yourself. And kids shouldn’t get penalized for that because it is the schools fault they that make cheating so unbelievably easy! i mean in high school i can’t remember a time i didn’t “borrow” someones homework or look over someones shoulder during a test. It is all to simple. If the schools made it harder to cheat there might be less of a it, but also students are finding new ways to cheat that teachers don’t recognize yet. Teachers don’t give us the credit of how smart we actually are to come up with a new way to cheat and not get caught! i think that as a student i can honestly say that cheating is not bad. Eventhough it won’t help you in life, there is still nothing wrong with it!

    March 8th, 2007 at 9:36 am
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  5. Billy says:

    YES! i cheated till yr 7 but i stopped becouse if you have a BRAIN and think that if you cheat what will happen when you have a job and you get questioned something you dont KNOW AH…………………………………… What you gonna do then say I DONT KNOW?!?!?

    CHEATERS THINK THEY DO WELL CHEATING UNTILL THEY GET QUESTIONED SOMETHING THEY DONT KNOW! LOL in my eyes it not worth it

    March 11th, 2007 at 6:24 pm
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  6. Joseph Lachausse says:

    Joseph Lachausse says:
    You have to trick them in to telling you.

    April 24th, 2007 at 3:13 pm
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  7. Anonymous says:

    They probably do, one search for homework cheater on google gave me 140 000 results. Does that prove anything? I think so!

    June 7th, 2007 at 1:01 pm
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  8. Jonathon Leach says:

    Ive cheated before,
    Ive copied homework before,
    have i done anything wrong?
    Im accually in school right now talking to my girlfriend over ftp messaging instead of doing my work
    But the thing is… i dont need to cheat
    i have the intelligance
    i sleep during my classes
    yet i still know the work
    i dont need to cheat, it just makes life more easier and gives me more time to talk to the one i love;)

    June 13th, 2007 at 1:35 pm
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  9. anonymous says:

    im entering as a freshman in high school next year and i have never cheated in my life and i got terrible grades last year but now i know all you have to do is make LOTS of friend to get answers from & you will get good grades. its bullshit that we should have to go to school for 8 hours a day and then have to do fucken HOMEWORK for another 2 hours a night. and last year our homework was shit like COLORING (FOR MY HISTORY CLASS!!!!!!!). because, as we all know, most jobs today require that you can cut on dotted lines and use crayons correctly!!! when i grow up i wanna be a fucken model so why in the HELL should i have to put in tons of effort for a high school degree? and spend a half an hour after school COLORING for a history project OR COPYING OUT OF MY SCIENCE BOOK FOR BIOLOGY CLASS (another assignment). WHY DONT THEY JUST THROW OUT HOMEWORK AND MAKE THE TESTS MATTER A LOT MORE INSTEAD SO WE COULD ACTUALLY COVER IMPORTANT MATERIAL THAT WE NEED TO KNOW IN LIFE INSTEAD OF THE BULLSHIT BUSY WORK TEACHERS MAKE US DO FOR HOMEWORK?! THEY JUST GIVE US BUSY WORK BC ITS EASY TO GRADE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 26th, 2007 at 8:33 am
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  10. Nancy says:

    I am gathering information for a class I teach to secondary level students and would like opinions on why/why not to assign homework. I found this link and would like more opinions. Thanks for these!

    Honesty is always appreciated but please realize if you’d be so kind in your response I do have younger aged students, too!

    Thanks so much!

    Nancy

    July 12th, 2007 at 9:37 am
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  11. Sara Bennett says:

    Hi Nancy,

    I’m glad to hear you’re thinking about your homework policy. Have you read The Case Against Homework, The Homework Myth, and The End of Homework? All three books discuss the reasons for not assigning homework.

    What do you teach?

    –Sara

    July 12th, 2007 at 10:24 am
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  12. Anonymous says:

    I know a friend who cheated in my Japanese class and I am really angry because lots of people studied HARD (like myself) and then my friend hides the answer sheet under her desk while she does the test. What should i do? I mean I can’t do nothing, i’m really upset at her.

    September 7th, 2007 at 6:57 am
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  13. Anonymous says:

    Hi Nancy,

    Well, I’m a student and i think that you should assign homework unless you give your students occasional, easy tests on what they’ve been learning lately. The tests should be very small and worth very little. But you SHOULD give your students a few assignments here and there.

    September 7th, 2007 at 7:02 am
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  14. Pj says:

    Homework should not be given. It is a waste of time and effort. Ive seen alot of things online and in real life that proove this. I never ever do homework but i do great on tests and quizes but because i dont do my homework i fail classes. This is just stupid, i mean im proving that homework dosnt teach me anything by not doing it but still knowing the material. As long as kids pay attention in class and learn while they are in school there is no reason in giving homework. If they dont pay attention in class thats their fault and who cares.

    October 2nd, 2007 at 5:48 pm
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  15. anna says:

    i’m doing a speech on how homework is bad for high schoolers because some of us have to work and go to school and to add to that we have hours and hours of homework, yeah i will admit i have cheated on my homework more then once but i have to keep my grades up and thats the only way i can do everything i need to.

    October 24th, 2007 at 10:06 pm
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  16. Sara Bennett says:

    Hi Anna,

    I hope you’ll send me a copy of your speech when you’ve finished it. As you can see, I’ve published other speeches or papers by students, and I’d like to consider yours.

    October 25th, 2007 at 9:52 am
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  17. sk8erboy says:

    We turn in homework and git no grade for doing the work.
    Like what the flip stop giving us work you wont look at!!!!!!!!! :(

    November 29th, 2007 at 1:02 pm
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  18. steven says:

    i cheat because i dont understand what they saying.
    so i go home on the computer in cheat before that i had bad grade but know i got good one

    November 29th, 2007 at 4:01 pm
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  19. annonymous says:

    I recently cheated on a HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT and got caught. the wording was sort of word for word because yes the teacher sucks and each homework assigment is the same and becomes redundant. i am sick of it so i copied my friends homework once. we really were just working together and i did not think we were not allowed to do that. first of all it is theatre homework and second EMPHASIS ON THE HOMEWORK part. i am having a meeting with the administrators and some important people and we are getting in a lot of trouble. he called my house and my parents are furious. EVERYONE DOES IT!! so i am getting caught and in alot of trouble and im pissed and hate my teacher!!

    January 15th, 2008 at 5:04 pm
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  20. Anonymous says:

    homework is a neccesity in a public school environment. homework helps students secure the information they learned in school that day. alothough in a private schools (non-regents) homework should only be given in classes where it has been the most challenging on the students.
    in addition to this teachers must understand something about the amount of work given by each teacher. for some reason teacehrs seem to think that they are the only teacher giving work that night. for example, my math teachers thinks that it is ok to give the class 25 questions a night on limits where each answer can take up a full page of paper. this work can take up to 2 hours and on top of that the same night i still had spanish work, chem studying, a sat tutor, and a 2 hour hockey practice. i understand i am voluntarily a member of the hockey team but i also go to a private school. do some teachers have no mercy toward their students.

    did the teachers forget what it is like to be in high school?? please for the teachers that read what i have wrote: show mercy toward your students try to understand their point of viewa. plus the mork work you give is the more work you must grade… dont you want a night off every-now-and-then

    February 12th, 2008 at 1:38 am
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  21. Anonymous says:

    I did know that it is wrong and when I got caught I knew that it wasnt worth the pain and the distrust that the teacher have in me now. Everyone does it and we all can admitt to it. No matter who you are you did at some time and we all denie it ever happpening. But becuase we all did it that doesnt make it right. So please if you plan on cheating dont, becuase if you get caught it is the worst felling. As someone who sadly did, regreting it now please do yourself a favor and dont cheat. I though that I was a good person but I am not anymore, labled as a cheater for life.

    March 12th, 2008 at 7:05 pm
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  22. Anonymous says:

    it sux.

    March 12th, 2008 at 7:09 pm
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  23. ds says:

    hell

    April 29th, 2008 at 6:31 pm
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  24. hate hm 2 deth says:

    i am currently working on an english assignment in year 7. it’s a lot of work for me (probably not you older guys)but i can do it. the point here is that it could take two hours to genuinley finish it or…spend about ten minutes on it and then do something that i care about. it is way to easy to just cheat AND get away with it. so im sitting here typing this message and doing some crossword about a book we read in class. like making crosswords is gonna help me in the future! as if my teacher is even going to take a second glance when he’s marking it. i spend at least half of my precious time at school only to come back home and do more work?!?wateva.come on teachers, if your reading this i will just let you know that YOU are not the only teacher giving me work! in year 7, we study maths, english, humanities, science, art, music and foodtech. thats 7 oppurtinities for YOU to hand out work to students. dont you remember your high school days? PLEASE, HAVE SOME MERCY,IT IS AND ENDLESS ONSLUGHT OF HOMEWORK HERE AND SOM OF US JUST ARENT COPING!!!!!!!!

    yours truly,

    victim of homework.

    September 15th, 2008 at 6:15 am
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  25. Termintor says:

    Cheat your way through school. It’s pointless anyway. Wait till you get to the real world. You’re fucked.

    September 22nd, 2008 at 9:04 pm
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  26. Anonymous says:

    I’ll tell what, they are teaching how to become a professor now..not how be more intelligent,yes in the beginning knowing how to substractmwrite and read is great,but hey WHO GIVES A FUCK ABOUT ATOMIC SCIENCE.

    If i was a racing teacher..i would never force someone to learn,neither would i block them from having the job of their dreams because they didn’t want to know about MY PASSION.

    School’s shit,cheat it.

    November 5th, 2008 at 12:28 am
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  27. Anonymous says:

    Btw ”Terminator”

    My mom who has a bacc here in Canada as a nurse understands fuckall about secondary 2 maths..yet she saves people!

    Being fucked in our world can happen anytime,ask my ”dad” who was a lawyer and became a janitor.

    It’s all about having the diploma and the skills,the skills to PERFORM.You don’t need to understand highschool they teach how to become teachers.

    November 5th, 2008 at 12:34 am
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  28. ghost / kuba croft says:

    AMEN, ah yes homework, a lot of it not good for much

    December 9th, 2008 at 4:36 pm
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  29. Anonymous says:

    I as a math teacher find homework as necessary. In class students all seem to understand then they go home and practice on their own and can’t do the problems. There is a direct correlation in my classes with students success and the percent of completed homework assignmnets. As far as work is concerned, you will not have to cut and paste but you will be required to do busy work that you deem as trivial but is necessary. You students make it sound like you have so much more homework than in past generations and that is crazy. You don’t have it any harder than any other generation. It is very sad to me to see how you students assess life as students. Will you ever have to know how to solve a calc problem in the real world? Maybe not. But part of school is learning how to think!! We are in real trouble for future generations with the mentality that your generation has. It is very sad to me.

    February 22nd, 2009 at 8:03 pm
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  30. bioteacher says:

    As a teacher I understand the need to assign homework but I do agree that busy work should not be assigned. That said most of the comments supporting cheaters were so poorly written that you basically make a great example of why cheating is wrong. You folks have obviously failed to get a good education and will suffer for the rest of your lives.

    I should also note that cheating often happens in front of teachers who are so used to it that they do nothing in response. I admit I do not always bust cheaters. I do however have a much lower opinion of those students who I see peeking at others papers during a test. Teachers have eyes and ears and know a lot more than you think. Remember that when you get an essay back and your teacher has ripped you a new one. Maybe they are sick of your pathetic attempts to subvert your own education.

    March 20th, 2009 at 6:03 pm
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  31. HomeworkBlues says:

    Bioteacher, I appreciate your remarks. I will tell you my high school junior daughter does not cheat, I am sure of it. When I homeschooled her, I could have left the math textbook open during a chapter test and gone to the grocery store and I assure you, she wouldn’t have peeked. She tends to be honest to a fault.

    What I loved about the on-line Johns Hopkins U. math course she took is how much they trusted both me and her. She went through the textbook, chapter by chapter, and took a test after each one. I then mailed in the completed test and the tutor sent her the results and commentary via email.

    Only the midterm and final required my signatures. On those two major exams, they did inquire how long the test took (JHU CTY on line math tests are untimed!) but I was not asked to verify that my daughter did not cheat. It goes without saying and I appreciated that, for once, an entity respected and trusted my parenting.

    Public school tends to be so regimented and rigid. It often looks like the polar opposite of Alfie Kohn and the whole genre of respectful parenting. Homeschool parents so embody this concept of respectful gentle parenting, particularly in the unschooled (not to be confused with no schooled) world that when I took my daughter to homeschool Park Day, I’d whisper to her to please be exquisitely well behaved because the homeschoolers are!

    I realize public school has the whole crowd control conundrum to contend with (love alliteration!), but I conclude that the more tightly controlled children are, the more they have no voice or say in their education, the more disaffected, disillusioned and dishonest they become.

    Bioteacher, I agree with you that the students posting on this thread need a lot of work. In language, grammar, syntax, civility, maturity and intelligence. Regardless, I still am opposed to homework (certainly for our family), particularly homework overload because of what it has taken from us.

    On face value, the argument that some homework is okay would appear to make sense. The problem with homework limits is that teachers do not seem to pay attention to them and my daughter’s homework load is completely out of control and has been for years and years, only growing worse in high school.

    I’d be willing to settle for two hours if teachers truly kept to that but they clearly do not. And I wouldn’t even mind giving a teacher the benefit of the doubt but few are reasonable. My experience is most become defensive when you bring excessive homework to their attention. I’d like more listening and less preaching if this is truly the :partnership” it’s touted to be.

    I understand there is pressure from above but however you slice it, my daughter is caught in the middle with an unwieldy absurd homework load that far exceeds anything remotely healthy.

    My daughter attends a selective magnet high school and cheating has been a problem. Now she has to submit every single paper to Turnitin and it’s just one more thing, one more assignment. It bothers me that she has to do this because the school is treating the cheating symptoms and not the root causes. But addressing the stress level at the school and why students resort to cheating would shine the spotlight on the administration rather than the student and I suppose they are not willing to do that.

    March 22nd, 2009 at 4:07 pm
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  32. Arnie says:

    @anonymous (#29) You said:
    I as a math teacher find homework as necessary.

    OK. That is your opinion. Your personal anecdotal experience has led you to determine that homework is necessary. I would like something more than that, given that 95% are cheating on assignments, so they must not share your “necessary” sentiment.

    March 22nd, 2009 at 8:50 pm
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  33. Anonymous says:

    man homework is bullshit man. im in advanced math in my school and we already get a lot of classwork.and then we have to go home and i have often spend more than 3 hours working on it. man i freakin hate math. its not too hard but it is annoying and time consuming.

    March 31st, 2009 at 12:20 am
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  34. fred m says:

    home work stinks

    March 31st, 2009 at 10:53 am
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  35. Anonymous says:

    I am a high school student. Homework is absolutely ridiculous when you ask a tutor to help and they dont even understand the problems. I have looked online everywhere to try and get a site to help me do these frigging word problems but I cant get it done! my mom refuses to help me with my homework anymore. Homework is a useless exercise that only brings depression and other shit on us students. It basically ruins the better part of our lives. If the teachers were doing their jobs correctly we would understand it the first time through and not have to go do 300 problems at home for practice.

    April 13th, 2009 at 10:42 pm
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  36. Anonymous says:

    If you have to, do it…it doesn’t make sense how much homework i get in every class…it’s way too much. Me and my friends rotate…i do math homework every other day…on the days i dont…i copy him, vise versa, i have a friend like this in every class…trust me it works!

    October 22nd, 2009 at 8:37 pm
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  37. Fuck Homework. says:

    I am currently trying to complete a History assignment at 10 to 1 in the morning and trying not to cheat. But it’s impossible. We were given 3 weeks to do it and it was due in on Monday (yesterday). Because SOME people did half a page over 3 weeks and it was all copied from the internet, we ALL have to the it again, without copying, in 2 days. You know what I think? FUCK HOMEWORK.

    February 23rd, 2010 at 7:51 pm
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  38. Crazy123 says:

    Homework is supposed to be given,and if you cannot find time to complete it you are doing to many extra ciricular activities(I know I misspelled “ciricular”,Get over it LOL).Work comes before fun,you know ,but I do agree that students need a balance between each.Thank you

    March 7th, 2010 at 3:40 pm
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  39. HomeworkBlues says:

    Yes, of course, Crazy. Here’s an idea. Instead of homework, work on your reading. Good readers make great writers. Who can spell.

    March 8th, 2010 at 12:09 am
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  40. OneIdea says:

    Here’s are my thoughts:

    homework should be stressed between junior high years and the first year of hitch school. After that homework should not be given as much because students will have an understanding that if they do not do the course work they will get bad marks. I am not saying that assignmets should not be given, but assignments should not be marked. Another thing is that teachers should not give a lot of small quizzes. With all that other work in school having to study for a small quiz can really enrage people. It usually ends up bringing marks down because constant studying for small tests becomes extremely monotonous and tedious. Students ho plan to succeed will study anyway but donor always have time to study- you get what I’m saying? Ps not all of us are bad spellers.

    March 13th, 2010 at 10:09 pm
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  41. Anonymous says:

    To start off, I’m a sophomore in a relatively prestigious private institution; I have an IQ over 180. I don’t need to cheat. But why wouldn’t I? Hell, I don’t bother on tests, I get all the answers right before most kids in my class, but the sheer volume of homework I receive every night is absolutely ridiculous! Tell me, if I’m already investing 8 hours in school, 2 in sports, 2 in other ECs, how in the hell do my teachers expect me to add 6 more hours to homework?

    I’m not stupid, it’s not a matter of me being slow with my work, there just aren’t enough hours in a day for school, rugby practice, play rehearsal, and that much homework! I’ll give a run-down of what I’m supposed to do tonight:
    AP U.S. History: Take (meticulous) notes on chapters 40-43 (the end of the text, thank [insert deity here].) Prepare for in-class essay on anything that occurred during Roosevelt’s presidency. Okay, so that’s not so bad, but we still have another 6 classes to cover.
    English II: Read Cormac McCarthy’s The Road and be prepared for a test tomorrow or the next day. Two worksheets on Moby Dick. I should probably also start on the autobiography due next week, since I can’t really cheat on that.
    Latin II: Translate two books of Jason, test tomorrow.
    Algebra II/Trig: 78 problems covering material that our teacher has conveniently forgotten to teach us.
    Biology: Not too bad, just read and summarize a few articles from Scientific American and write up a lab report.
    Gym (yes, gym): Look up all sorts of vocabulary concerning sports that nobody has played since the middle ages, and memorize it in two days.
    AP Stat: Busyworkbusyworkbusyworkbusyworkbusywork

    How the staff a) expects students to do this much work while maintaining sleep/sanity (luckily I’m an insomniac and I went insane long, long ago) and b) thinks that anybody does some of this ridiculous @%!&, is absolutely beyond me.

    The only kids who don’t cheat are the kinds in all fundamentals classes who don’t know any better. If I could begin to describe to you the network of cheating that runs beneath this school, well, you probably wouldn’t really be all that surprised, but it’s still ridiculous.

    Anyway, I feels good to get this off my chest. I predict that nobody will ever read this rant, but if you do, and by some miracle you made it here to the end, please know that this post was fueled by 12 sleepless nights, a fever, and a mosquito that has been in my room for the past hour that is pissing me the hell off.

    Thank you, good night.

    March 24th, 2010 at 12:01 am
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  42. Anonymous says:

    Appy pollies for the double post, but the 12 days has little to do with the school workload. It’s more due to a programming deadline and my own insomnia, as mentioned. It is possible to be awake for 12 days, though I anticipate that few will believe it to be such. I’m not sure that this post is necessary, or if it will be of any consequence. Oh well.

    March 24th, 2010 at 12:10 am
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  43. HomeworkBlues says:

    Sophomore, I read your rant. My daughter is in a uber-demanding school too and I feel your pain.

    March 24th, 2010 at 6:24 am
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  44. HomeworkBlues says:

    AN uber demanding. I hate my typos! I’m sleep deprived too because my daughter has insomnia issues as well and last night woke me up to tell me she couldn’t sleep. I told her to do that because I wanted to know how bad it’s gotten this week. This is a very stressful week.

    March 24th, 2010 at 8:12 am
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  45. Another High School Sophomore says:

    In response to the person who wrote the lengthy comment about cheating as a means to survive, I understand what you’re saying. I’ve gotten about 3-5 hours of sleep every night this week. Monday and Tuesday we had three hour play rehearsals. Wednesday I had to miss periods 1-4 to rehearse (yay make-up work). Wednesday and Thursday night we have three more hours dedicated to performances. Then Friday and Saturday we have full day theatre festivals (more excellent make-up work). To top it off I’ve got four quarter finals to study for.

    My IQ is 125 according to the psych test which is not by any means up to your level, but not low enough that it should warrant upwards of four hours of homework a night with an eight hour school day. It doesn’t help my learning at all that I’m too tired to focus well. I can listen and take it all in but my short term memory is botched and the dark circles under my eyes don’t exactly spell A-W-A-K-E. Even with this absurd lifestyle, the standards are so high and the education system is so flawed I’ve put in more efforts than both of my parents did and have a substantially lower chance at the colleges they were accepted into, UCLA and Columbia University.

    And although I get what you mean and don’t mind giving my work to others, I don’t copy theirs. When I got my IQ tested I was also diagnosed with minor OCD and Anxiety and I always feel as if I will get caught and punished and it will hurt my chances at a reputable college. It’s perhaps mental but I can’t do it. This has quite clearly led to a decrease in grades; the worksheets some of my friends copy and ace, I don’t. It’s obviously my fault, not doing work and not getting grades for it, but I completely understand people who cheat.

    March 25th, 2010 at 7:02 pm
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  46. FedUpMom says:

    Wow, you feel like you have to apologize because you DON’T cheat? What kind of a crazy world is this?

    March 25th, 2010 at 10:06 pm
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  47. Daniel says:

    Homework is bogus!!! my teacher says you need to do it but I say FUCK IT!!!!!! because what the fuck is the point?!! we already know all this we learned it in class we DONT NEED HOMEWORK!!! sure i have cheated on tests all my life cause well it’s fucked! the school system is idiotic! like come on!!!! I havent done my homework since year one!!! thats how stupid they are since YEAR ONE! what the hell do you think about homework?…..

    April 28th, 2010 at 1:24 pm
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  48. Anonymous says:

    i would say that 95% of the kids at my school cheat. I AM IN MIDDLE SCHOOL(year 7). i am 13 years old why should i spend 2-3 hours of my day up in my room doing homework. half of my homework is just copying text from a stupid textbook. A kid (or me) goes home, nice sunny day or snowing but you get the point i want to go outside. Homework hurts learning!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i am not going to do my homework but wait until last minute. lets say it is math homework, i would rush the problems learn it the wrong way and now i am screwed. If there was no homework but we SPENT more time on ONE THING AT A TIME then we could all learn it better than rushing to do it at home. And history, HOW WILL THE DOWNFALL OF THE BANTU EMPIRE AFFECT ME LATER IN LIFE, WHY SHOULD I WRITE AN ESSAY ON THAT?

    When teachers say spend more of your time doing homework, i want to scream what so you can just barely look at it and then turn around. WHY SHOULD I PUT SO MUCH EFFORT INTO IT?

    well thats just my opinion

    May 4th, 2010 at 6:17 pm
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  49. Daniel says:

    I agree with the last comment i agree with every thing that person said but writer dont be afraid to put out your name. its almost impossible for teachers to find eneything on the web. and it will take days for them to find this website.

    May 5th, 2010 at 10:50 am
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  50. socrate says:

    look i don’t care what any of you fuck heads think homework should be band think. homework is there for a damb good reason and that get what you’ve learned stuck in your head so you don’t forget, ok so what if 95% of kids cheat, that doesn’t mean it gives you the right, when all the other kids like me work our arses off slaving away in our rooms, your out partying and wasting you time, after you leave school you have a lifetime of fucking around to do. i’m 16 years old and in year 11, i do philosophy, english, electronics, chemestry, atomic science and I.C.T and i get a shit load of homework each week, i also have 3 jobs, one at a bakery, one as a waiter and the other at a fast food joint, and i only go to 4 out of 5 school days a week and i’m still passing with A’s and B’s and i’m not a smart student just a hard worker and i know that in the end all that will pay off, and its not as hard as it sounds i still have time to myself i still go to parties and have fun down the street with some friends but i always put my work before my fun, because when i leave school i’ve plenty of time to fuck arse around adn have fun.

    July 21st, 2010 at 12:22 am
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  51. socrate says:

    and to anonymous #48, homework is ther also as a responsability, if your given homework and you dont do it it goes on your report card and when an employer looks at that and sees that they see that you irresponsible and you wont be a good worker, and if you cheat and go to collage or whatever and they ask you to do somethingthat your report says you can and you can’t well what the fuck are you going to say to them, YOU CHEATED!! and what the hell are they gonna do with you? their gonna fire you arse, and if you get fired from one job then other imployers are gonna wanna know why or just flat out regect you, its not about you schoolin as much as its about you responsability

    July 21st, 2010 at 12:30 am
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  52. C.G. says:

    It’s wholly unsuprising to me that 95% of high school students cheat to get their homework done, because I cheat to finish it sometimes. I just don’t have the time to finish it. Not only that, but schools now put terrible pressure on young people to perform well on everything. My school system is considered to be one of the best, but at a high price- our students are stressed and more prone to cheating, especially on something they can take home. It’s not even really considered cheating to hurriedly copy down someone’s homework before the teacher comes around to check it. It’s only considered cheating if the content is actually going to be graded. As far as cheating goes, for as long as people insist that if one does poorly in high school, one will do poorly in the rest of one’s life, the reality of cheating will remain the same.

    August 29th, 2010 at 9:15 am
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  53. Anonymous says:

    i’m currently in year 10,
    the shear amount of homework I get is just ridiculous.
    It has gotten to the point where I have become physically/mentally ill from homework, its unbelievably enraging when you do homework that your teacher put penalties resulting in detentions and notes to parents if the work isn’t submitted so that adds a considerable amount of pressure only to have the teacher on the due date go “OK class, don’t worry about yesterdays homework” and shrug off this work that you have stressed over because of all the emphasis they have put on it only to find all your hard work was for absolutely nothing, all that stress and worry has birthed nothing but mixed feelings of confusion and anger. Granted I do see some importance of homework, last semester i had a really good English teacher, he set a bit of homework but he would give us a week for each work sheet, the worksheets weren’t short by any means but he actually read them and gave comments on your answers, I’m generally strong in English but the homework we were given has defiantly improved my grades as it bolstered my knowledge of our subject.

    September 1st, 2010 at 8:53 am
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  54. Anonymous says:

    I am cheating for my daughter. I have been at work on her homework for 2 hours now, while she is working on the rest of it and she has been working for 3 hours. There is no freakin’ way this kid can get all of this homework done in a night by herself. This is every night, night after night. I am sick of it! I graduated high school and college and don’t really relish doing homework again but will because there is no way this kid could do it on her own! Now if I could just find the answers to this spanish crossword puzzle!

    November 10th, 2010 at 7:48 pm
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  55. Anonymous says:

    the only homework I hate but HAVE to do is last minute, right before it’s due, math. Other than that It’s usually english, which is half reading and half questions. I end up reading in the end, cause I like it, but never do the questions

    May 11th, 2011 at 3:01 am
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  56. not a student or a teacher impartial enough says:

    I’m posting from.a cell phone so fuck grammar, spelling and you if you have any negative response for me. Now, I never post anywhere online but I need to do this. Homework would be fine if school days were shorter and teachers weren’t students who.cheated in school as kids to get the.job they have. Really most of you are jackasses. You are sitting there with the notes why the fuck.do I need to memorize historical dates and random terms I can google? Personal experiences: more than once I have had teachers blatently mark my answer wrong and a friends.right when we.had the.exact same awnser on a test. That’s good for my future! And no, teachers don’t admit they were wrong you are fucked. I am not going to sit here and say cheating is ok in any regard school or not but what do you expect when most of.these kids are way smarter than you were at their age and they have more bullshit to do that won’t do them any good? Sure, some of the posters here are complete idiot kids who will have no future at all but homework won’t change that. Maybe instead of planning homework assignments to waste time for the.kids.why don’t you try to get the.drugs.out of school? Hi I’m a teacher and I look the.other.way when i see cheaters and call myself anonymous who bitches about cheaters! You are huge winners! Is it any wonder why you make dogshit money? I cheated in hs and college because you have to. It’s that or fail unless u hate life and love to be.distracted.by nonsense. I didn’t cheat on tests really ( did tho) but homework was a must. Not everyday not every class. The bottom motherfucking line is teachers are dumber than the students that’s why you can’t teach them. the kids really.hold your future in their hands than that scares you all. Don’t piss them off and maybe one of them will remember you down the road. FYI kids don’t be fooled the only way u make it in this world is from having connections or being smart and I don’t mean knowing where a comma goes you can learn that when u get hired at comma, inc. The kids that actually do.there shit themselves are more likely to make it imo but there lives still might suck based on personality glitches. The kids who cheat all the time will live with there parents forever and work at mickey d’s. The kids that do what they need to will bite your ass down the road when they stack.paperz. why don’t schools create a class called “future” instead of history. I can learn current and past all day online I don’t need school. If somebody had any sense in the admin then the lightbulb would.flicker here. Again this is a cellphone.post and f normal English for all intensive purposes.

    August 27th, 2011 at 4:07 am
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  57. Anonymous says:

    fuck homework it suck right so i say fuck it

    September 6th, 2011 at 12:34 am
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  58. GB says:

    I think h/w does take a long time to do in some cases. But you have to put your head down and get on and work. Your h/w is most of your education but you shouldn’t cheat. If you do you will get a lower grade- most probably because you have not done that bit extra-but other people have and they could get a better job then you. If you cheat thats not you doing the work.
    I’m in y8 and I spend a lot longer than half an hour on my h/w because I want to prove to people I can aim to success and get A and A* in later life.

    October 19th, 2011 at 12:39 pm
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  59. FedUpMom says:

    But does homework actually help you learn?

    October 19th, 2011 at 1:35 pm
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  60. HomeworkBlues says:

    When students do defend homework, I don’t hear how it helps them learn or grow intellectually. Sadly, our kids have been conditioned to work only for the grade. The grade is the recurring theme here.

    October 19th, 2011 at 2:06 pm
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  61. not a student or teacher impartial enough says:

    Exactly.

    November 6th, 2011 at 3:35 am
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  62. frustrated tchr says:

    Wow, eye opener to read all this. I hear the calls for not having useless word searches and coloring assignments. I hate seeing how little that paradigm has changed in the 25 years I have been teaching. On the other hand, your mind is like a muscle and if you don’t exercise it it becomes weak. A good student can learn a lot from a bad teacher, but the best teacher can teach nothing to a terrible student. I see this on a daily basis. Students have cheated on everything so much that they have lowered their skills below their grade level. Now nothing makes sense because the expectations are above their ability level, which only pushes them to cheat more. In the end, they can’t write persuasively, do basic math, or effectively do anything except cheat. Thus the 50% drop out rate in college, and the fact that even those that graduate are only likely to be granted a diploma in cheatology. By the time you figure it out, you have cheated yourself out of a future. Even when given a valuable challenging assignment, students are incapable because they are so tired and burned out by the meaningless system we have that was designed during the industrial revolution, that they don’t or can’t even try. My students can’t even understand my questions, must less create an effective Internet search to retrieve enough facts to support or even form their own opinion. The refuse to read anything, they just copy, paste, format, print. They haven’t ever read anything, only looked up the answers to useless questions at the end of the chapter (or copied). You have to absorb a few facts to be able to form an opinion and make a decision and do the higher order thinking skills you say you aren’t asked to use. Otherwise you make you decisions based on emotion and not reason. I see a lot of that here in these paragraphs. Take control and instead of giving up, make the most of your education. It won’t be perfect, but there is nothing more satisfying than being intelligent and having insight into the world. Ignorant people “don’t know what they don’t know”. The education system changes slowly, and now with the advent of testing for teacher evaluation, teachers will be drilling facts even harder so you will do well on a test that shows they did their job. What I wouldn’t give for a class of real students who wanted to learn, discuss, argue, solve problems, and grow. Instead I get 1 or 2 of these kids who had great parents instill ethics and morals in them mixed in with the tired jaded group writing here. We are all better than this. Students and Teachers! Don’t surrender your education to the system, and don’t forfeit it by cheating. What a waste of your time and mine.

    December 8th, 2011 at 10:57 pm
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  63. Fred says:

    Wow, people have been commenting on this for 5 years now! Here goes: I found this article because I am currently grading a stack of assignments that are obviously copied. This happens all the time.

    As a high school science teacher, I find some points to agree with. Teachers should never assign “busy work” or work that won’t actually be graded. Its ridiculous, and a waste of everyone’s time. So that’s what teachers are doing wrong.

    Now lets talk about what teenagers are doing wrong. First, the irony of teenagers who can’t spell (even with spell checking) or clearly communicate complaining that school is stupid, and that they already know everything is simply delicious. Hey kids, drop out NOW, while you still know everything. Go, set the world on fire with your unique combination of ambition and raw intellect. Except that you don’t know anything yet. That COULD be a problem.

    I can sympathize with the homework situation, but the rest of the story is that most teenagers don’t do class work either. And they don’t pay attention in class. And they don’t read the book. And when they can’t pass a test (even by cheating) they whine and complain that the teacher never taught the stuff, or that they have test anxiety. And they get mommy and daddy to pester the school into giving the kid an IEP or 504 plan.

    Well, I give no homework, I give the kids plenty of time in class to finish all assignments, I give re-takes on tests, and still have kids who can’t seem to find the effort to pass. And they want to make it all my fault. Bullshit.

    Before I was a teacher, I was self-employed for 20 years. I hired and fired probably 5 employees for every keeper I got. So I know that an awful lot of adults are worthless bags of crap, it isn’t unique to teenagers.

    In every classroom of 30+ kids, I have 5 or 6 who consistently just quietly pay attention and do their work. They finish and hand in their work before they leave the class every day. No homework. And they actually have less stress. It is faster and easier to do it right than it is to do it wrong.

    The final thing that teenagers do that is worth mentioning is that they lie, constantly, about everything, to make themselves look better. So all the complainers talking about their hours and hours of homework need to be taken with a grain of salt. They create a narrative in their imagination, featuring themselves as the heroic underdog, up against the leviathan of corrupt authority, thereby making their laziness, dishonesty and irresponsibility “heroic” in their own mind.

    March 10th, 2012 at 10:12 pm
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  64. Fred says:

    P.S. Anonymous 41, the sophomore with the “IQ over 180″, well congratulations. You are over 6 standard deviations above the mean. That means, on a normally bell curve, you have a higher IQ than 99.9999998027% of the population. In other words, there are 6 people on the planet with a higher IQ than you. But why am I telling you this? Certainly you have already know this.

    Well… Bullshit. If you were a sophomore with that IQ, you would already be enrolled in graduate school. A perfect example of adolescent fantasy at work. Or if you really believed you had a 180 IQ, then you are not as smart as you think. The Stanford-Binet test, for example, doesn’t even allow for scores above 170.

    By the way, anyone consider this… Kids who lie and cheat on homework and tests might just grow up to be adults who lie and cheat on spouses and at work? What are the moral implications of the fact that these kids “see nothing wrong” with cheating at school? Do they see anything wrong with taking money from a cash register?

    The schools and teachers are not the only ones who need to change.

    March 10th, 2012 at 10:27 pm
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  65. Amaya J. says:

    Firstly, let me say in advance I apologize for the rant. I honestly really do think that homework is ridiculous sometimes. In my personal experiences, I have found that 70% of the time doing homework proves to be of no help to my actual learning of a subject. Especially when it is math or science. When I don’t understand something in class – then why do teachers and educators think it is going to help us any better if they assign us more work after school? Doing that won’t make us understand any better. I hate the way people educate these days; especially in highschool (which in my opinion is the worst.) I am in grade 10, and last semester I tried so hard in my math course to do homework and study etc; but it was impossible to concentrate in class with all of the students acting like idiots. So it never paid off, and no matter how hard I tried on the homework, because I got taught poorly during lessons I came dangerously close to failing the course. I would love it if I was educated with more one on one attention, and we didn’t have limited time to learn a subject in a course. Because of this nothing absorbs and I am left feeling helpless and like there is something wrong with me because I don’t get it. But, unfortunately that is the way kids are taught in highschools across the world. And I strongly disagree with it. I believe that everyone is smart in their own way, and everyone has their own separate ways of learning. >.< SCREW THIS ~~I AM TOO COOL FOR SCHOOL YO. !!!!!

    March 18th, 2012 at 9:35 pm
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  66. Kyle says:

    Alright I have read some of these comments. College courses SHOULD have homework because it’s something you WANT to do and are paying good money for it. Elementary (1-5/6) schools SHOULD have homework because it’s learning about basic fundamentals….

    BUT JUNIOR HIGH AND HIGH SCHOOLS should have VERY limited homework… of course I cheated in school when I needed to but I understood the concepts either way.. Assignments should be done in the class so your teacher can teach you and help, not just give you papers and reading to teach yourself the materials… in that sense we would need classroom administrators to make sure your in class if you have all the materials to learn yourself without teachers….what’s different in jr and high schools from college is that the burden of education is on THEM… not on YOU… someone said cheating shouldn’t be punished because it’s so easy to do… Totally agree.

    June 29th, 2012 at 7:38 am
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  67. Anonymous says:

    Homework is bunch of balls.

    September 10th, 2012 at 8:42 pm
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  68. not a student or a teacher impartial enough says:

    Well, I’m back. I have to say I agree with a lot of things many of you have said. However, I believe more in what I know through my own experiences. Simply put, people are ignorant, lazy, selfish, dishonest and grimey. Not everyone, just most. I’m not bitter about anything when I say this. I have been paying close attention to human tendencies in adults since my last post here and sadly, each day, I come across more incompetant, retarded fucksticks than I ever thoughtt to be possible when I was a kid. That being said, I do believe in the value of a good education; for those who are intelligent enough to want one. Schools are a joke. You get probably the same % of ‘real’ teachers as you do ‘real’ students. The teachers that posted here obviously care about their students and I commend that. Just remember that your level of commitment and caring doesn’t mean you don’t Fuck things up plenty inside and outside the classroom. In my opinion, I don’t think anyone cares to hear analogies which describe how kids are little pricks who will amount to jack shit. Just say it straight out. It’s much clearer. Personally, I feel I wasted my scholastic potential. What I mean is I didn’t give a flying Fuck about school, homework, teachers, rules, etc. I was not a troublemaker in school, and got my shit done. I just did a half assed job (high school and college) and I definetly did believe that I already knew way too much. We learn from our mistakes; easy way or hard. I “pay the price” for this. I did this to myself. I would be lying if I said I don’t love my life and what I do. It’s doubtful that I would be doing anything different with myself had I worked my ass off in school. I’m a rare case because I use skills that people won’t learn in school in my line of work. Nevertheless, I will always wonder what would have been if I was able to care enough years ago to drop my teachers on their heads (metaphor). Interpret that as many ways as you can. Shit it might not even make any sense. As far as homework and cheating is concerned, if I could go back I would cheat more than I did. I didn’t cheat much, but most people I know did. Homework is still horseshit no matter how u look at it. 6+ hours a day in class all day is plenty. The brain needs some fucking rest! Let’s also not forget that when students do cheat, they are still subconciously picking up a lot of random concepts and facts. It’s up to them if they want to be worthless losers or big time ballers. I still have little to no respect for teachers. Don’t take that too personal though because respect is something to be earned, especially in a crackhead filled society like the one we live in. I had way more bad teachers than good. I watched one of my highschool teachers lie to the dean of the private school I attented to protect himself and get me tossed before junior year. Lmao. I make more money sitting on my couch for a few weeks than most teachers make in a year. Let’s be honest with ourselves here. Cliffs notes: stay in school mmmkay

    January 13th, 2013 at 1:30 pm
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  69. Anonymous says:

    It seems that, considering the sheer amount of homework given, teachers would understand that it is impossible, without staying up all hours of the night, to compleate the homework, and because of this students are pressured to the last resort, cheating, but when students are found doing it they are severely punished.

    February 8th, 2013 at 12:08 pm
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  70. Anonymous says:

    A good teacher makes a good student.

    February 8th, 2013 at 12:11 pm
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  71. Anonymous says:

    Homework is bullshit.. It makes me pain in the ass..
    Well, the thing is those “teachers” think we can manage to finish all the shit they’ve given to us and they do understand it’s absolutely impossible to finish everything in a limited time period given.. Take my teachers for instance, I realize no matter how super-duper good they are as teachers, they don’t really care about what you do or what you don’t do, they just want you to hand in the damn homework just so they can be freed from being blamed by their heads.. Since I’ve started my Pre-U, they’ve (teachers) all changed so much.. good became bad, bad became worse, and worse became shit.. One of them I’d never met before is worse than a shit.. That sissy, self-obsessed, gay, married man!! He’s my mathematics teacher, I used to love mathematics so much!! But NOT NOW!! Since he’s been dumping like what? A pile of shitty homework that needs a thousand years to finish to us? THEY DON’T CARE!! THEY’RE JUST DOING THE SHIT OUT OF THEIR SALARIES!!

    August 14th, 2013 at 11:56 pm
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  72. Anonymous says:

    The best way to cheat and not get caught is to find someone who got the same assignment years ago and got a good grade, and get them to let you copy it. Make sure the person you copy from will NOT snitch, and is not a friend of anybody in your class.

    September 28th, 2013 at 10:50 am
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  73. Anonymous says:

    Homework sucks.
    All it does is make you waste time (cutting into your social life and maybe even your sleeping life!) and teachers always say the same things when us kids come into school complaining that we are really tired. “Get more sleep!” We’re all like, “Thanks Lord-dumb-fck, WE TRY BUT YOU STUPID A$$ TEACHERS GIVE US TO MUCH GAWD DERN HW!” Then they are like, “do it quicker” then we say, “We can’t its to much!.” then we get detantion for talking back…
    Teachers are idiots.

    November 25th, 2013 at 3:24 am
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  74. Xander says:

    For those of you juggling homework with extra curricular activities, I feel your pain. I’m a freshman (9th grade) in highschool. I have near perfect grades, well over a 4.0 due to PRE-AP/AP classes, never have had any disciplinary referrals, and I “cheat” (copy mainly), on every assignment I get. Why? Because I do not have the time to waste on three hours of bullshit that will influence a number that will decide my fate. Its sad to see how our early life is based around numbers. Let us not confuse our grades with intelligence, or education with intelligence for that matter. I understand you get homework to retain or practice something, but let’s be serious, you either get it or you don’t, or you simply need practice. If you didn’t get it in class, that twenty the next day won’t help you anymore. Most homework assignments are pointless. Coloring? Crosswords? Busy work that doesn’t challenge the mind at all? Copying pages of notes, even though that’s not my learning style? Totally off topic, but I believe you should take courses that correspond with your passion, and YOU do any form of homework from there. Ninety-nine percent of the information learned is useless, unless that is your field of interest. Why give homework or even teach kids who don’t want to be there in the first place? How will they like something if they have never been exposed to it? If I didn’t like reading 1st through 8th, what makes you think I’ll enjoy it then? Maybe they’re shrouded by a shield of ignorance and they haven’t learned yet? Let them fuck themselves up, you can’t help someone who won’t help themselves. School in general is pointless. I’m not going to walk into a job interview reciting Shakespeare, saying simple minded math formulas, or regurgitate pointless facts. Just saying.

    January 13th, 2014 at 12:49 am
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  75. BusyBee says:

    Honestly, I do think that homework is nessicary for an enducation, but to an extent. I am currently a sophomore, and am regulating a GPA of 3.8. Sure, homework sucks, but we need it to further inhance our skills for class the next day or the rest of our lives.

    I agree, plenty of teachers give out quite a bit of homework. My math teacher gives out a minimum of 20 problems a night, and it stinks. I do have a life outside of school (I have a job) but I need to get this shit done to get anywhere in life. So for all of you students out there who complain about having too much homework, I bet it’s not even too much, but you really just don’t want to do it.

    I’ll admit, I have cheated on homework before, but it was either because I had to work a late shift, had family problems or wasn’t feeling too great. I work hard to get the best grades I can and I do hope that some of you students who posted on here get your act together.

    February 13th, 2014 at 10:16 pm
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  76. Nikki says:

    I have 5 classes a day, each class, I’m assigned home work which usually takes an hour and a half or more.. That’s about 7.5 hours. So if a teenager is at school for roughly 8 hours, and they are doing homework for 7+ hours, and they need AT LEAST 9 HOURS OF SLEEP FOR THEIR DEVELOPING BRAINS, then they may have 0-1 hours for other activities like eating, bathing, exercise, socializing (which is actually incredibly important for emotional, mental, and physical health, as well as the development of skills vital to their future career and having healthy romantic relationships among other things), religious activities, hobbies, extra curriculars, medical care of any kind, chores (also a skill/habit development thing and required by many parents), relaxation, and family time? Not to mention that your parents may or may not pressure you to get a job, or you might need to get one for economic reasons.Would you rather spend 7+ hours doing homework or about an hour copying it down?

    That’s what I thought.

    February 18th, 2014 at 1:00 am
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  77. Daniel says:

    I don’t understand any of you teachers when you say “The brain is a huge muscle! You need to exercise it regularly!” Isn’t that what school is for? And aren’t the weekends for relaxing the brain, like a muscle? Either way, the brain works VERY differently than a muscle. When we want to remember something for a short moment, like carrying the one, it is stored in the prefrontal lobe of the brain. That is the area for SHORT TERM MEMORY. After the test, the brain dumps the information because it thinks it doesn’t need it anymore. And it’s right! When are you going to need to know when the Spanish colonized some island in the Caribbean later in life? Another issue is, when I get out of high school, I STILL WON’T BE QUALIFIED TO FLIP BURGERS AT MCDONALDS. Why aren’t we being taught important things about life? Why can’t we choose what classes we want to take? Homework doesn’t help with ANYTHING. SO GET RID OF IT.

    May 12th, 2014 at 2:37 pm
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