People have been using analog clocks for almost as long as we’ve begun counting time, and analog clocks are considered one of the timeless things in our world. However, with modern technology on the rise, younger generations are finding it difficult to tell the time using analog clocks.
In order to deal with this situation, many schools in the U.K. have decided to phaseout analog clocks in favor of digital ones.
It all started out after students taking the GCSE and A-level exams started complaining that they couldn’t read the time, so, in order to make everything “as easy and straightforward as possible”, schools have decided to ditch the analog clocks.
Even though many classrooms will still have analog clocks, digital clocks are favored during scholastic aptitude examinations. Students are under very strict time constraints during these tests, so teachers believe that using digital clocks instead of analog clocks might help students.
Students will often interrupt to ask how much time is left during the tests, so, by switching to digital clocks, students will be able to tell the time themselves, leading to fewer interruptions during the test.
Malcolm Trobe, the deputy general secretary at the Association of School and College Leaders said that the current generations aren’t as good at reading the traditional clock face as older generations because they’re used to seeing a digital representation of time.
Teachers in the U.S. have also started noticing the change, and an Arizona teacher suggested back in 2014 that it may be time to retire the analog clock. We live in the age of smartphones and smartwatches, so many young people can’t even read the time on the analog clocks.
However, U.S. schools are still keeping analog clocks for now, and learning to read the hands of a clock is part of the core curriculum in most schools.
Carol Burris, the executive director of the advocacy Network for Public Education and a former education says that there’s still value in teaching analog time.