Robert Gentel wrote:
. So if they get the answer to some history question from their textbook or a forum and write it down it is roughly the same.
there's not a lot of 'writing' going on these days above the elementary grades. Students are (here at least) expected to submit their homework 'typewritten' and/or electronically. I don't think cutting and pasting helps learning in the way that transcribing/writing might have (if it did at all).
Helping someone develop their response to a question is one thing. Completing their homework assignment is something different to me. It seems that the requests here are for completed assignments, not for assistance in researching the subject/developing an essay.
I suspect that some lovely A2K typos have been handed in to teachers.
I don't think it helps students learn anything to provide them with fully developed answers. They certainly don't appear to be learning how to learn or be curious.
There was a time when I tried to help students determine how to put together their answers. It didn't seem to be a particularly appreciated approach. I stay out of threads that seem to be requests for homework completion - either tagging them or thumbing them down or both.
It's bad enough when parents do their children's homework. At least then the parents know that the children didn't do the work.