Exam rooms are switching to digital clocks to reduce students’ stress. But at least they haven’t yet installed any cry closets.

Via Telegraph.

Schools are removing analogue clocks from examination halls because teenagers are unable to tell the time, a head teachers’ union has said.

Teachers are now installing digital devices after pupils sitting their GCSE and A-level exams complained that they were struggling to read the correct time on an analogue clock.

Malcolm Trobe, deputy general secretary at the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), said youngsters have become accustomed to using digital devices.

“The current generation aren’t as good at reading the traditional clock face as older generations,” he told The Telegraph….

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  1. Dalgon says:

    My son, who teaches AP Physics and Math, replaced the classroom clock with one that displays the time in binary.

  2. MACVEL says:

    Another solution is to TRAIN the students to tell time from the analog, but we can’t have that, can we?

    • TigerAim says:

      That’s what I was going to say, Macvel, or more precisely: “Well, you borderline fools (running the UK education system), you teach the children how to tell time, and keep the clocks you have!” D*#n – that is exactly the sort of thing young children should be taught in school! How about “They can’t do algebra, so we’re going to stop teaching it! “They can’t read, so we’re going to remove all the books!” Duuuhhh

  3. Alain41 says:

    Could reduce student stress more by doing away with the school placement exams. Just ask each student to read some times on an analog clock.

    If Greenwich Mean Time is now too mean, maybe Trump should designate NYC or Cocoa Beach or the Alamo as the World’s Time Zero. #MakeClocksGreatAgain

  4. Chuck says:

    The evolution of education, or should I say “devolution”?

    First it was simple arithmetic: gone and replaced with calculators.

    Then cursive writing; no longer taught in schools.

    Now it is analog clocks.

    The time will come when actual reading will become obsolete: books will be digitized and be read to the customer by a computer. Are we there yet?

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