Schools Replacing Analog Clocks Because Students Can’t Read Them

Rob Shimshock | Education Reporter

British schools are replacing analog clocks with digital clocks due to students’ inability to read the former ones.

Ruislip High School and Cockermouth School are among British schools at which students are having trouble telling the time on analog clocks, according to The Telegraph.

“Schools will inevitably be doing their best to make young children feel as relaxed as [they] can be,” Association of School and College Leaders deputy general secretary Malcolm Trobe said. “There is actually a big advantage in using digital clocks in exam rooms, because it is much less easy to mistake a time on a digital clock when you are working against time.”

Ruislip High School English head Stephanie Keenan reported that her school put digital clocks in a testing location after deciding that ninth through 11th grade students could not read analog time. Cockermouth School department head Cheryl Quine also suggested that her students had issues reading the time on analog clocks during exams.

“You don’t want them to put their hand up to ask how much time is left,” Trobe said. “They are used to seeing a digital representation of time on their phone, on their computer.”

The deputy general secretary explained that he still hoped to teach children how to read analog clocks.

One in five Oklahoma City kids age six to 12 can read an analog watch, according to a 2017 study.

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