I don’t know about you, but I can still read a traditional (analog) clock with hour and minute hands. As a matter of face, lots of people have them in their offices and many still (including myself) wear watches with the traditional hands.
In the digital age we live in, a digital watch/clock is present in most places, specifically on your computer, phone, the bank signs and even in the office. Sadly, the life lessons of learning how to tell time on a clock with hour and minute hands may be entering its sunset days.
School in Britain have made the news recently by making a public statement that they will no longer have analog clocks in the classroom or in the halls of the school because the kids are complaining that they can’t read them. (Let that sit for a moment).
- This is a school
- Learning takes place in a school
- Schools teach the basics.
- Reading an analog clock is a basic.
- Teaching kids how to read a clock should be part of learning, if not at school, at home.
- And when was it part of learning that kids dictate the school administration what they will and won’t learn?
What are we teaching kids if we take the approach “if they can’t do it, let’s not make them learn it”?
“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 in England, told the publication. “Nearly everything they’ve got is digital so youngsters are just exposed to time being given digitally everywhere.”-The Telegraph
Even Jimmy Kimmel has mocked the problem that kids can’t read an analog clock.
So, should we just remove the analog clock and forget it, or merely use it as a decoration?