Educators in the United Kingdom have a curious view of teachable moments. The educators found that many of their students could not tell the time at schools because they could not read analog clocks. The solution? They replaced all of the clocks with digital clocks. Problem solved. Of course, people from other countries may have to help them with reading Big Ben . . . unless it will also go digital.
The Telegraph reports that all of the analog clocks are being changed rather than teach students to actually read time. Malcolm Trobe, deputy general secretary at the Association of School and College Leaders in England is quoted as saying that “The current generation aren’t as good at reading the traditional clock face as older generations.” Ok, then how about teach them since analog clocks are still used throughout the world. The report finding that high school students could not tell the time should trigger an effort to teach them so that they will be able to function fully in society — both analog and digital.
This is not just a UK problem. According to a 2017 survey in Oklahoma City only 1-in-10 children in the city between the ages of 6-12 owned a watch and only 1-in-5 knew how to read the analog watches.