UK schools are removing analogue clocks because students can’t tell the time

Unless you’ve been living in an actual cave, or you are a member of some far-flung civilisation that has not been exposed to any technology from the past two decades, you’ll be well aware that we are indeed living in the digital age.

Technology has become such an integral part of our day-to-day lives that we often take it for granted. With that said, there are other, older technologies that we just assume will probably be with us forever. One such technology (although we probably won’t describe it in that way anymore) is the analogue clock. But it seems this particular way of telling the time’s days are numbered – at least in some UK schools.

The deputy general secretary at the Association of School and College Leaders in the United Kingdom, Malcolm Trobe, recently announced that digital clocks would be installed in exam halls, after GCSE and A-level students complained that they were not able to read the correct time.

The ASCL decided to replace all analogue clocks in exam halls with digital clocks, stating that this was being done to reduce stress among students taking their exams. Trobe told The Telegraph that the current generation just aren’t as good at reading the traditional clock face as older generations.

“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,” said Trobe.

The announcement sparked fierce debate on Twitter, with many users asking how students that are taking high-level school exams are not capable of doing something as simple as reading the time. On the other end of the debate, some users argued that digital clocks are simply easier to read and that the migration makes sense.

What do you think? Should modern children be able to tell the time on an analogue clock, or should analogue clocks be discarded to the pile where we sent sundials? Which older technology is set to go next? Tell us in the comments below.

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