Schools In Britain Are Replacing Analog Clocks Because Kids Cant Read Them During Tests

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  1. Leeda.the.Paladin

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    Schools in Britain are throwing their hands up over kids who can't tell time on traditional clocks.

    Some U.K. schools are ditching analog clocks from test rooms because a generation of kids raised on digital clocks can't read them and are getting stressed about time running out during tests, London's Telegraph reports.

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



    "They are used to seeing a digital representation of time on their phone, on their computer. Nearly everything they’ve got is digital so youngsters are just exposed to time being given digitally everywhere."

    Officials believed the clocks are causing undue stress because kids can't figure out how much time they have remaining to complete a test.

    "You don’t want them to put their hand up to ask how much time is left,'' Trobe said.


    "Schools will inevitably be doing their best to make young children feel as relaxed as the can be. There is actually a big advantage in using digital clocks in exam rooms because it is much less easy to mistake a time on a digital clock when you are working against time."

    It's not just British kids, either. American kids also have their struggles figuring out what those ticking hands on a clock mean.

    An Arizona elementary school teacher wrote a blog post in 2014 about whether students should still be taught how to read analog clocks, arguing that they help visual learners but also noting that they are rapidly becoming a thing of the past.

    Jimmy Kimmel had some fun with the issue on his late-night show Tuesday.



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    A group of kids on the street were each asked to tell the time by looking at an analog clock and the results weren't pretty. (Kudos to the one kid who got it right).


    Move over, VCRs, rotary phones and answering machines. It might be time to make room for analog clocks.
     
  2. tiffers

    tiffers Whisper "bleep boop" to yourself when you're sad.

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    I don't understand why they won't just teach kids how to read a clock. It really isn't hard. Older kids would be able to grasp it in under 30 minutes.

    Take a week out of math class to teach the clock. Problem solved.
     
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    Let's just keep dumbing down everything. This is why kids have a hard with critical thinking because anything that requires them to put just a little thought into something we (society) want to make it easier for them.
     
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    I believe this used to be part of 1st grade/2nd grade math class. :drunk: I remember my parents also sat with us at home and made us look at a watch to learn to tell the time. We also had to make paper clocks with the moving minute and hour hands in class. Parents have to pick up some of the slack too. It's sad when I find out that certain things aren't taught in school anymore.

    I guess no high end watches for these kids, aren't those usually analog?
    Kind of not funny, but they would definitely freak out over a Movado-style classroom clock. :lachen:

    Seriously, they need to teach them because I just did a major school entrance exam which only allowed for an analog watch. Why, because people program digital watches with answers and cheat. The clock in the test room was also analog. No cellphone allowed either.
     
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    I believe it. I have a 41-year-old coworker who has problems with analog clocks.
     
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    Because that is a skill you need constant practice on in order to maintain it. Everything else is digital so they won't get much practice.
     
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    They have been taught, but it just takes too long because it’s not a skill they use outside the classroom. It’s a use it or lose it skill and outside a classroom I can’t tell you the last time I saw a regular clock
     
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    But aren't most watches analog still?

    Maybe the majority of newer generations are just using their phone to tell time or wearing digital watches.
     
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    I hate those clocks too. ESP the ones with Roman numerals
     
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    People don’t look at watches, they use their phones.
     
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    This is ridiculous. Analog clocks in the classroom have hands that point to the time. How can they not read a clock that is pointing to a 1 and 32? I mean, unless their classrooms have analog clocks without any numbers or digits on them, then I'd understand.
     
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    I hadn’t really thought about it, but I can’t remember the last time I saw an analog clock. I wonder if they’ll all disappear altogether.

    Next we will be signing documents with an “X” cause kids can’t write in cursive anymore either.
     
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    This is ridiculous.
     
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    Seriously.

    And how are you all not seeing analog clocks? I seriously see them all the time. All the time.
     
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    The bolded is so true :nono:
     
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    Time is at once the most valuable and the most perishable of all our possessions.
    - John Randolph, U.S. Politician

    Glad to know don't need to know longitude and latitude to tell time anymore.. lol

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    Yep. sounds about right- I had to make a new rule last year- can’t tell time, can’t sign out. Can’t sign out, can’t leave the room. They learned then.
     
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    Really? Right now there is a lot of digital but regular clocks...either way I haven't forgotten how to read analog clocks. I just don't understand this. Are we just quitting at life in general :lol: ? :rofl:
     
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    Sheesh. This seems like a step back, but hey regular folks 70 years ago didn't have some of the tech skills that these kids have, so maybe its an evolution of skill.

    That's how I am trying to look at it, at least. Lol.
     
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    I can still read one, but I'm a lot slower at it. For example I have to quickly remember what the long hand and short hand mean. Why go through that when three numbers and a colon can get me there faster?
     
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    You haven't forgotten because you were taught...kids today are not being taught just like they are not being taught how to write in cursive.
     
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