The Telegraph reports that British schools are getting rid of analog clocks because students don’t know how to read analog clocks. It’s not the end of the world, but it amazes me that something that is relatively straightforward is not common knowledge anymore. I find this sad.
Schools are removing analogue clocks from examination halls because teenagers are unable to tell the time, a head teachers’ union has said.
Teachers are now installing digital devices after pupils sitting their GCSE and A-level exams complained that they were struggling to read the correct time on an analogue clock.
Malcolm Trobe, deputy general secretary at the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), said youngsters have become accustomed to using digital devices.
“The current generation aren’t as good at reading the traditional clock face as older generations,” he 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.”
I know this story is from the United Kingdom, but I doubt the existence of this problem is limited to across the pond. I’m sure a large number of schools now use digital clocks, but my local school district, Des Moines Public Schools, classrooms still use analog clocks.
Just as it is important to learn cursive, students should learn how to tell time on an analog clock. You may not always have the ability to type and you may not always have a digital clock available.