Schools Getting Rid of Analog Clocks Because Students Cannot Read Them

May 04, 2018

As the all-digital generation grows older it brings with it some unique problems.


Schools in the U.K. are removing analog clocks from their classrooms after students complained that they could not read what the time is.


Since the students are used to reading time on digital devices, the art of reading an analog clock has been lost to today’s young people.


“They are used to seeing a digital representation of time on their phone, on their computer,” said Malcom Trobe, deputy general secretary at the Association of School and College Leaders.


“Nearly everything they’ve got is digital so youngsters are just exposed to time being given digitally everywhere,” he concluded.


Teachers are concerned that students will stress out during exams since they can’t keep track of time and see how much time they have left on their tests. Replacing the old analog clocks with digital numbers is their solution.


Will they eventually have to replace Big Ben with a digital clock too?



Clock reading isn’t just a British student problem either. A recent study in Oklahoma showed that 4 out of 5 kids in Oklahoma City couldn’t read analog clocks either.


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