Apparently, some educators believe that today’s kids can’t read analog clocks. At least, some educators at British schools do. These schools in England aren’t so sure that their students can read good ol’ clocks anymore (the ones with actual hands that move) and want to get rid of them… the clocks, that is—not the kids.

According to The Telegraph, some administrators at U.K. schools have considered swapping out analog clocks for digital clocks in testing rooms. During General Certificate of Secondary Education and A-level exams (sort of like the U.K. version of the pre-SATs and SATs) students seemed to have trouble reading the “old-school” analog clocks in the test-taking rooms. In response, teachers decided to start using digital clocks to make it easier for their teenaged students.

Deputy General Secretary at the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) Malcolm Trobe, told The Telegraph, “The current generation aren’t as good at reading the traditional clock face as older generations,” adding, “They are used to seeing a digital representation of time on their phones, on their computer. Nearly everything they’ve got is digital so youngsters are just exposed to time being given digitally everywhere.”

Hmm. It looks like technology use may be changing our kiddos in ways that we never would have imagined—perhaps only “time” will tell.

—Erica Loop

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