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.
In 1971, when I was in prep school, I obtained for my dorm room one of the earliest types of digital clocks, namely one with those “flip cards” which changed to display the time digitally. A friend looked at the clock and said, “Your little brother will flunk clock.” He was partially wrong because I was the little (or younger) brother in my family. But he was right about one thing: when people have digital clocks, they will forget how to read an analogue one.
So many problems can be anticipated if we just have the vision to see the consequences…