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U.K. schools getting rid of analog clocks because teens "cannot tell time"

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  1. May 8, 2018 at 8:43 PM
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    T-Rex266

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    What has two hands and a face but no arms and legs? A clock, of course! Some kids won't understand that joke because the only clocks they know how to use have digital numbers.

    A teachers union in the U.K. says not only are teenagers more used to digital clocks these days, some don't even know how to read analog clocks, The Telegraph reports.

    "The current generation aren't as good at reading the traditional clock face as older generations," Malcolm Trobe, deputy general secretary at the Association of School and College Leaders, told the newspaper.

    As high-school-age students in the U.K. prepare for their major standardized tests, the General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) and A-level exams, schools are working to make the process easier for them. Exam rooms used to have analog clocks, but as test day draws near, those will be replaced with digital clocks so students can keep track of their time.

    "Nearly everything they've got is digital so youngsters are just exposed to time being given digitally everywhere," Trobe told The Telegraph. Teachers want their students to feel as relaxed as possible during exams and having an analog clock in the room could be a cause of unnecessary stress, he said.

    In the United States, schools using the Common Core curriculum standards for math must teach kids how to read analog as well as clocks in the first grade.

    In 2014, an Arizona teacher made headlines for questioning whether it was time to retire the analog clock in an age of smartphones and smartwatches where everything is digital. The teacher cited a colleague who wanted to teach his seventh grade class because they couldn't read the analog clock on the wall.

    However, analog clocks continue to be used in U.S. schools and it seems their time won't expire any time soon.

    Carol Burris, executive director of the advocacy Network for Public Education and former educator with more than 25 years experience, explained why learning how to read analog clocks holds value. "The skills that you need to read an analog clock are skills that kids when they're young begin to learn," she told USA Today, citing concepts such as counting by fives and fractions.

    It's an issue that echoes the debate over teaching cursive writing, which some schools started phasing out as computer keyboards came to dominate. The backlash to that decision prompted a number of states to bring back cursive in recent years.

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  2. May 8, 2018 at 8:52 PM
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    Yeah, get rid of the clocks, I mean why TEACH? Seriously, if the students can't read the clock frickin TEACH them how. What's next? They don't need to know the days of the week? No need to teach math, we have smart phones with calculators...... :annoyed:
     
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  3. May 8, 2018 at 8:57 PM
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    Learning cursive is a good idea, you never know when you have that old aunt who writes you letters in that style. Of course Aunt Paulie passed away 4 years ago(RIP), so maybe society has moved on. I'm 34 and can't write in cursive to save my life, hated that crap in grade school, but I'm glad that I at least know how to read it.


    As for the analog clock thing, that is downright shocking IMO. Really??? How dumb can you be???? I mean in school there was the giant clock right above where the teacher was lecturing, you stared at that motherfucker all the time counting down the minutes.

    Personally I love a beautiful watch and own several. I never check the time on my phone, old habits die hard I guess.
     
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    society is doomed. holy hell.
     
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  5. May 8, 2018 at 9:10 PM
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    Can we just switch to metric time already!?
    Itll work way better when calculating distance over time in meters and kilometers....
    :middlefinger: :canada:
     
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  6. May 8, 2018 at 9:16 PM
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    landphil I can’t be serious.

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    Thats right, lower the standards to the lowest common denominator.. seems to be this generations modo... Sad
     
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  8. May 8, 2018 at 9:44 PM
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    landphil I can’t be serious.

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    That’s it! I’m only going to work 8 metric hours tomorrow.
     
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    Learning to read a clock is valuable, sure. Not sure why everyone makes such a fuss about cursive though.
     
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    First they stop teaching Roman Numerals. Now this. Churchills England is lost... RIP. Glad we gave King George the middle finger a few hundred years ago.
     
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