Most of us learned to tell time using an analog clock.
But some schools in the U.K. are removing the old school clocks from test rooms because students are having a hard time reading them.
Yes, we’re talking about clocks with a “face” and “hands.”
“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 (ASCL), told The Telegraph. “They are used to seeing a digital representation of time on their phone, on their computer.”
Malcolm Trobe with the ASCL head teachers’ union noted students are much more accustomed to seeing digital clocks on computers or mobile phones. He said schools may be trying to help students taking standardized tests be able to quickly see the time.
“To adults it might seem second nature to use a standard clock face,” Trobe told the BBC. “Young people find it a bit easier to use a digital clock – and if they’re timing themselves for questions, it might make it less likely that they’ll make mistakes.”
While this may be shocking – Jimmy had the feeling that we might have the same problem here. So we went out on the street to ask kids if they know what time it is and these are our very unscientific findings.
No wonder schools around Britain are removing analogue clocks from their classrooms. Apparently, most of them can’t. It’s funny, but in a sad sort of way.