Today’s inductees into the Left Wing Wackos’ hall of fame are the educators in the UK. According to The Telegraph, UK education officials are in agreement, traditional or analog clocks are too complicated for today’s generation of students to decipher. Instead of this being an alarm about educational practices, the UL seems to be adopting the California model that says, if it’s too tough for them, don’t find a way to teach them, make their life easier. After all, it’s not the kids’ fault that telling time is so hard. All you Baby boomers and Generation X’ers are just privileged. You grew up with an hour hand. These days, the iPhone and Samsung haven’t prepared the snowflakes for the tough trials and tribulations of archaic time interpretation.
That’s right, looks like safe spaces just migrated to the halls of education where the clock on the wall no longer says 3 O’clock. Now, it reads 3:00. The UK is starting to replace all analog time pieces with new digital clocks (sparing no expense). Apparently this is preferable to teaching their kids how to read one. According to Malcolm Trobe, deputy general secretary at the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), UK’s future isn’t used to seeing analog clocks.
“The current generation aren’t as good at reading the traditional clock face as older generations,” he told The Telegraph.
“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.”
Mr. Trobe then went on to say that schools want to remove as much stress form exam taking for the students and that traditional clocks can be a source of stress.
“Schools will inevitably be doing their best to make young children feel as relaxed as the can be. There is actually a big advantage in using digital clocks in exam rooms because it is much less easy to mistake a time on a digital clock when you are working against time.”
So if analog clocks are too complicated to read, are we really saying that we should stop using them all together, instead of realizing we’ve failed the millennials once again? Is it really easier to gauge the time left in an exam by using a digital clock? Studies show that traditional clocks with hour and minute hands, help students with certain types of math. Fractions, number sense, factors of 12 . . . the traditional clock is very helpful in these areas of student mathematics and time development. Is it really the right assumption that a student taking an exam, gets a better sense of time management from seeing a digital display instead of the iconic, large, white clock face with black hour, minute and second hands?
Does 2:39 really translate into 20 minutes left or might a stressed (because of the exam not the clock) student perceive this to mean they have almost thirty minutes? The psychological signal of the 3 in the :39 may get precedence over the 9 in a rushed time check. On the other hand, the analog version would unmistakably show about twenty minutes left since the minute hand would section off the dwindling segment and give a quicker and more accurate visual representation of the remaining time.
There’s been claims that the millennial generation can’t subtract without a calculator or write in cursive. Both notions have pushed some left wing wackos into abandoning the very skills that these kids need to master. Do they do this to make life easier for the kids or do they just not feel like doing the harder work of teaching themselves?