The times, they are a-changin'. Schools across the UK are becoming examples of this as they discard their analogue clocks in favor of digital ones after the Times Educational Supplement reported on a conference in which attendees were told that students need digital clocks to tell time. "Young people find it a bit easier to use a digital clock," said Malcolm Trobe, head of the Association of School and College Leaders. "And if they're timing themselves for questions, it might make it less likely that they'll make mistakes."
While the logic is well-intentioned, Twitter users widely aren't buying it.
I totally agree with Rachel! They teach all those things you mentioned as well as helping learn about degrees in a turn. Digital clocks don’t cut it!— francesca norris (@frannorris) April 25, 2018
Kids can’t use clocks... what the actual fuck is that about?! Piss poor.— NicMillard™ (@NicMillard) April 25, 2018
If you send your child to school unable to tell the time, you’ve failed as a parent— Alex (@AlexNFFC) April 25, 2018
The change signals a further desecration of basic skills to some, and they're wondering what will be next.
It's sad just how many parents don't seem to want to teach children little basics like this, and leave every aspect of a child's education to the teachers. Last week I read about children trying to swipe their reading books because they've only held a tablet. Mental.— Pochy too hotty 👊⚽ (@superspurs84) April 26, 2018
One of the first things you were taught was how to tell the time, so what if it's easier to use a digital clock, it's easier to write on a phone or PC so shall we stop teaching writing with a pen. Kids only learn how to pass tests & education is secondary.— bill cutts (@billcutts59) April 25, 2018
A blessed few made light of the situation and its strong reactions.
My parents said no analog clock for me till I could use a sundial and I still tecalll my grandfather lining up stones facing Venus and waiting for the solstice 🙄— Leon (@LeonNFFC) April 25, 2018
This Winds me up. You’re sitting in a exam hall at the back and have to peer over heads and try to make out the individual hands.— YöU ÂĪnt A ĆRooK sŌn (@Iadat) April 26, 2018
A big digital clock with bright red numbering is much easier. Also easier to make out the minuite with exams that are starting at 12:02 or whatever
While analogue clocks are not going extinct any time soon, the report is forcing some to ask whether the digital preference is due to laziness or if we're, in fact, just moving forward.