When I first read this article “Schools are removing analogue clocks from exam halls as teenagers ‘cannot tell the time’“, I had a couple of thoughts.
- Surely this must be a joke or fake news story. In particular, when the topic turned to an inability to hold a pencil because of technology.
- There are probably bureaucrats working on the problem right now including designing a unit of telling time to be distributed with exam practice lessons.
- It’s yet another opportunity to take a slam at teachers for not teaching essential life skills.
- It’s yet another opportunity for a luddite to take shots at today’s youth and their use of technology.
Regardless, as I look around my blogging work space, I see clocks of all types. Some were given as gifts and they’re pretty much analogue and then there’s the computers and they’re all digital. Also digital is the alarm clock by my bed. I remember buying it and replacing an old analogue clock which had real bells on it to sound the alarm simply because this clock came with a radio and a telephone.
So, it’s a challenge.
But imagine the things that those who live in a digital clock only world would miss out on.
- The clock on the Peace Tower in Ottawa
- Big Ben
- Or any big clock that gongs – why don’t digital clocks gone?
- The Rolex clock used in Formula 1 races to denote the start of an event
- Those learning activities that primary teachers would display on the clock on the wall
- Estimating time
- Understanding that high pressure areas rotate clockwise
- Even understanding the difference between clockwise and anti-clockwise
- The Rotary Clock in the Navy Yard in Amherstburg
- The frustration of locking hour and minute hands when you adjust the time due to Daylight Saving Time
- A cuckoo clock – have you ever seen a digital cuckoo clock? Or a digital grandfather or grandmother clock?
- Pocket watches – I know, I know
- Where to put your hands on a steering wheel if you don’t know what 10 and 2 mean
- Speaking of 10 and 2, understanding why clock manufacturers photograph their product set at those times
- Understand why you shouldn’t move the hands on a clock backward
Heck, analogue clocks could be a test in itself.
What did I miss?