I Hate Homework Pictures To Do

Homework is the bane of my existence. I hate it. I hate homework like I hate wedgies, bunched socks, and finding out someone left my pint of Hagen Daz in the fridge instead of the freezer.

I’m sure that there are plenty of people who will disagree with me, and I welcome your criticism. I also welcome you to come sit with my four children, making flashcards and doing side by side math problems.

If you’re lucky, your kids don’t get homework like mine do. But perhaps some of this looks familiar to you, too? Click through the slideshow to see exactly what I mean…

  • I HATE Homework

    Just a few of the reasons why I hate homework!

  • Computer Log Jam

    Most of my kids' teachers think they are doing us a favor by assigning homework online. Because my kids could use a little more screen time? Because what we need in our lives are an additional 6-8 logins and passwords to remember for each of our four children? Most nights, there is a computer log jam, with at least three kids needing to work online at the same time at any given moment. Helping them with passwords, making sure the printer has fresh ink, and scheduling tech help for each has us considering advertising for a full-time family IT expert. Plus a cleaning lady to wipe the jammy fingerprints off every screen and keyboard in the house. 

  • No Time for Creativity

    This is a drawing my son did. When he was supposed to be doing his homework. Oops. Worksheets come with an opportunity cost. If you spend your time doing boring busywork, you don't get to draw cool pictures. 

  • I Am the Homework Police!

    This is my weeknight cap. Did I see you trying to sneak in an episode of The Voice? Busted! Did you just text a friend? Busted! I never signed up to be chief officer of the homework division... 

  • No Time for Dinner, or Chores

    Although I am having a hard time bringing back my high school math and keeping up with my older kids (homework makes ME stupid!), I can still do simple arithmetic. There are often not enough hours in our crammed evenings for both homework and meals. This means my older daughters frequently eat dinner at their desks in their room. No time for chores either. I know they are not weeping and begging to do their own laundry, but some day they are going to need these vital life skills, like knowing how to load a dishwasher and wash clothes. They may need these skills even more than they need to know how to quickly calculate the circumference of a sphere. 

  • No Time for Family

    See this lovely dinner out where we celebrated my mom's 83rd birthday? My 13-year-old old daughter was stressed out and twitching the whole time. She couldn't enjoy the celebration. She had homework due. My 9-year-old got in trouble for not completing his assignments the next day as well. Message being: completing 4 hours of nightly homework matters more than milestone family occasions.


    I beg to differ.

  • The Death of Play

    My kids typically gain weight during the school year. Or if we sign them up for sports, they stay fit and don't finish their homework. Choices. And forget about a nice, old fashioned veg-out in front of the TV or a board game with a sibling. Hours of nightly busywork make playtime scarce. 


    I happen to believe that playtime is learning time and a vital part of childhood. Worksheets? Not so much. 

  • WTH!? Whose Homework is This Anyways?

    Laminated posters, elaborately constructed scale models, scrapbooked presentations, tailored costumes, and Powerpoint presentations. Welcome to the new world of kid's homework assignments. When I show this to my parents, they need a forklift to get their chins off the floor. Did they ever laminate my book reports for me? Spend $100 at the craft store for my presentation materials? Hire a tailor to sew me a costume for my speech? Nope. They handed me a paper bag, some dull scissors, and a few crayons and encouraged me to have at it. But the playing field is not level. So many of my kids' assignments are really parent assignments. We must drive to far flung locations, assemble exotic goods, and consult with a decorator in order to get our kids' homework done. 

  • No Time for Friends

    Playdates and relationships tend to fall by the wayside when all your afternoon and evening hours are occupied by homework.

  • The Homework-o-crat

    As much as I hate being the homework cop, I hate being the homework bureaucrat even more. Signing on the dotted line for each class, each and every day for multiple classes, for multiple kids. It's enough to make me mad! I'm either going to buy a rubber stamp or run around the neighborhood shouting "Off with their heads!" the next time someone asks me to sign their daily homework. 

Article Posted 4 years Ago

In the field of educational technology, some apps might be getting too smart.

More and more apps are delivering on-demand homework help to students, who can easily re-purpose the learning tools to obtain not just assistance, but also answers. Whether or not that’s cheating—and how to stop it—is one of the concerns surrounding a new app that can solve math equations with the snap of a camera. While the software has inspired teachers to create real-world homework problems that can’t be automatically solved, that strategy doesn’t hold up to other apps that tap into real-life brains for solutions.

Here’s a look at 7 apps that can do your homework for you, and what they have to say about cheating:


Price: Free
Availability: iOS, Android app coming in early 2015

The new, seemingly magic app allows users to take pictures of typed equations, and then outputs a step-by-step solution. As of Wednesday, the app is the number one free app on the App Store. But the biggest issue, one teacher argues, isn’t if students will use the app to cheat, because many will. Rather, it’s about how teachers will adapt. A PhotoMath spokeswoman said educators have welcomed the app with positive reviews, but the software remains “quite controversial.”

“We didn’t develop PhotoMath as a cheating tool. We really wanted kids to learn,” said Tijana Zganec, a sales and marketing associate at tech company MicroBlink, which created PhotoMath. “If you want to cheat, you will find a way to cheat. But if you want to learn, you can use PhotoMath for that.”


Whether you’re a high schooler with eight periods of classes or a college student tackling dozens of credits, there’s one thing you’ve got for sure: a mess of assignments. iHomework can help you keep track of all your work, slicing and dicing it in a variety of ways. Sorting it by due date, week, month, or by course, the app is more organized than a Trapper Keeper. And in integrating data from Questia, you can link your reading material to your assignments so you don’t have to dig through a pile of papers to find the right information.

A scheduling feature can help you keep track of those random bi-weekly Thursday labs, and you can even mark the location of your courses on a map so you don’t end up on the wrong side of campus. And finally, with iCloud syncing, you can access all this information on whatever Apple-compatible device you’re using at the moment — no need to dig for your iPad.

Google Apps for Education

Taking the search giant’s suite of free browser-based apps and sandboxing them so they are safe for school use, Google Apps for Education is an excellent alternative to the mainstream installable productivity software, but this one has a perk that almost school board will love—it’s free. Packaging together favorites like Gmail, Hangouts, Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Google Drive with Classroom, a digital hub for organizing assignments and sending feedback, the goal of this collection is to make learning a more collaborative process.

Though Google Apps for Education is cloud-hosted, the programs can be used offline, ideal for when your student needs to escape the internet and work distraction-free. And since it works on any device, it also helps students avoid buying overly expensive hardware. That means more money for extracurricular activities.


Price: Free, but some homework services require payment
Availability: iOS and Android

HwPic is a tutoring service that allows students to take send pictures of their homework to tutors, who will then respond within minutes to your questions with a step-by-step solution. There’s even an option to expedite the answers if a student is in a hurry. HwPic Co-Founder Tiklat Issa said that the app was initially rejected by Apple’s App Store, which believed it would promote cheating, but he successfully argued that just because someone uses the app in a way that it’s not meant to be used doesn’t mean the app should be punished.

Issa added that HwPic prohibits cheating in its terms and conditions. Tutors don’t solve homework that has words like “Quiz” or “Exam,” and they often know if a student is sending a photo during a test if they’ve paid for expedited answers, and if the photo is dim, blurry and taken under a desk. “We’ve minimized cheating,” said Issa. “We haven’t eliminated it. That’s kind of unrealistic.”

Wolfram Alpha

Price: $2.99
Availability: iOS and Android

Wolfram Alpha is similar to PhotoMath, only that it targets older students studying high levels of math and doesn’t support photos. The service also outputs step-by-step solutions to topics as advanced as vector calculus and differential equations, making it a popular tool for college students.

“It’s cheating not doing computer-based math, because we’re cheating students out of real conceptual understanding and an ability to drive much further forward in the math they can do, to cover much more conceptual ground. And in turn, that’s cheating our economies,” said Conrad Wolfram, Wolfram Research’s Director of Strategic Development, in a TEDx Talk. “People talk about the knowledge economy. I think we’re moving forward to what we’re calling the computational knowledge economy.”

Homework Helper

Price: Free
Availability: iOS and Android

Chinese Internet search company Baidu launched an app called Homework Helper this year with which students can crowdsource help or answers to homework. Users post a picture or type their homework questions onto online forums, and those who answer the questions can win e-coins that can be used to buy electronics like iPhones and laptops.

The app has logged 5 million downloads, much to the dismay of many some parents who argue that the students spend less time thinking about challenging problems. A Homework Helper staffer admitted to Quartz, “I think this is a kind of cheating.”


Price: Free, but some homework services require payment

Slader is a crowdsourcing app for high school and college students to post and answer questions in math and science. While students can post original homework for help, many questions in popular textbooks have already been answered on the app, according to Fast Company. An Illinois high school said earlier this year that it suspected students were using the service to cheat on their math homework.

Slader argues that it’s “challenging traditional ideas about math and education,” and said that the ideas behind its app “aren’t a write-off to teachers,” according to its blog. Slader told San Francisco media outlet KQED that it shouldn’t be dismissed as a cheating tool, but rather considered a way for students to access real-time help.

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