1. 14

  2. 11

    After careful consideration, we made the decision to remove ASM functionality in our latest OS update to prioritize learning

    Did the Ministry of Truth write this?

    1. 3

      They probably figure most people are just downloading games and not paying attention in class… or something. I hate those kind of absurd statements, they are always the same, “At $COMPANY, we value..” ugh.

    2. 6

      If students hack the calculator, they have learned more than from any potential exam.

      “We want students to be inquisitive, innovative, constantly looking for novel solutions … so we remove another opportunity for tinkering!”

      1. 4

        What is the benefit of calculator sections of exams? I can absolutely understand that a Calculus professor doesn’t have time to make the numbers on his quizzes come out perfectly, but why do national testing boards go to such lengths when testing math comprehension can (in my opinion) easily be done without a calculator? I’d love to hear an educator’s insight on this.

        1. 3

          I remember first learning about assembly in high school from my ti 83+ calculator. Sad to see it gone for the next generation of students.

          1. 3

            TI makes exam-specific restricted hardware already (such as ti-nspire non-cas versions).

            The screwup is that the ti-83 premium CE was meant to be exam-friendly, but they allowed asm/c programming. Instead of releasing a new version of the hardware (under a different model name), they’re retroactively removing features, which isn’t very nice. Yet, ironically, they still allow and promote Python. It’s silly.

            These are in any event their low-end calculators. The high end ones are the classic 68000 based models and the newer ti-nspire, which I find to be a downgrade. Apparently customers agree; somehow the 68k-based model that’s still being made (ti-89 titanium) is more expensive.