Gemini, I'm glad you're not over-reacting. I wasn't talking ABOUT you, but more talking out loud TO you.
This particular case is a weird one. I don't think ALL assignments should be done this way, but I do think students should learn to think on their own.
At my work I do some fairly uncommon tasks, so I cannot even use Google to look for an answer, because what I'm doing has never been done before! So I need to think for myself, try different things, and reason out a solution. (I'm a computer programmer.)