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Analog Clocks Are Being Removed From Schools Because Students Can’t Read Them

It’s the new age for technology now.
01 Jan 2020, 07:00 AM
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We are in the new age now where everything is going digital and older stuff are being replaced. And the latest item to get replaced is none other than the analog clock!

Teachers in the United Kingdom are now replacing analog clocks in exam rooms with digital clocks because students are having difficulty reading analogue clocks to know how much time they have left in exams.

Deputy general secretary at the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) - Malcolm Trobe said, “the current generation 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.”

“It may be a little sad if youngsters coming through aren’t able to tell the time on clock faces.”

Students below the age of 18 are used to digital devices and using traditional clock in exam rooms could add unnecessary stress.

The head paediatric occupational therapist at the Heart of England foundation NHS Trust, Sally Payne said that children are also having difficulty holding pencils and pens because of technology.

"It’s easier to give a child an iPad than encouraging them to do muscle-building play such as building blocks, cutting and sticking, or pulling toys and ropes. Because of this, they’re not developing the underlying foundation skills they need to grip and hold a pencil."

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