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Schools are removing analogue clocks
from exam halls as teenagers
´cannot tell the time´

Telegraph [UK], by Camilla Turner

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Posted By:Maryland_Patriot, 4/26/2018 11:10:19 AM

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. Malcolm Trobe, deputy general secretary at the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), said youngsters have become accustomed to using digital devices. “The current generation aren’t as good at reading the traditional clock face as older generations,” he told The Telegraph.


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Scrubber, 4/26/2018 11:13:56 AM     (No. 11614182)

Oh baloney.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: zephyrgirl, 4/26/2018 11:17:45 AM     (No. 11614188)

They can´t do arithmetic either. Watch one when they´re trying to make change.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: lakerman1, 4/26/2018 11:24:35 AM     (No. 11614201)

!2 year old boy on the TV series Mom was amazed to see his grandmother´s Polaroid camera. He would up talking to it, giving it commands.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Daylily, 4/26/2018 11:35:27 AM     (No. 11614227)

I can hardly believe what I just read - children don´t know how to hold a pencil because they are so used to tapping a screen. And then the clock business - a analogue clock would be stressful to students in a classroom.

Please educators, just stop and think what these children will be like as adults! And yes, I know this is in Great Britain, but it could next be coming to the US.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: MsMontana, 4/26/2018 11:37:32 AM     (No. 11614237)

Why aren´t teachers teaching them to tell time, then?

Am I the only one who thinks this is bogus?

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Reply 6 - Posted by: mythman, 4/26/2018 11:39:46 AM     (No. 11614239)

12 years ago in my last year of teaching HS French 1, some of the kids could not do the parts of the Telling Time In French lesson that showed an analogue clock. There was also one hanging in the classroom and they couldn´t tell time from that one either.I mean, this is not rocket science. Of course, these same students also had trouble with "Zulu" or 24-hr time as well, like, e.g. 23.50 hrs.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: zzzghy, 4/26/2018 11:41:45 AM     (No. 11614244)

This just keeps getting better...

How ignorant, how dumb, how helpless and devoid of skills will they become until they actually devolve and split into a new subspecies of Homo sapiens?

Homo ignoramus. Like the Eloi in "The Time Machine," but way ugly with the booger rings and all.

Don´t laugh.

"Having a traditional clock in the room could be a cause of unnecessary stress..."

Well, go ahead and laugh then. I am.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: meidei, 4/26/2018 11:47:12 AM     (No. 11614252)

Back in the early 80´s an uncle made a scene about throwing away his digital watch after relying on it so much. He claimed it made him stupid in the head when he tried to read a regular clock. I found the same to be true at the time ... when I had to sound out 5, 10, 15, etc. reading a regular clock instead of knowing the time instantly. I ditched the digital then. The kitchen appliances are all digital and that´s OK, I still have my battery operated analogue wall clocks to keep me smart (laughing).

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Reply 9 - Posted by: ida lou pino, 4/26/2018 11:47:34 AM     (No. 11614253)

This is very understandable.

I wasn´t able to tell time until I was at least three years old.

Please give these youngsters a break.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: GOPinTN, 4/26/2018 12:17:31 PM     (No. 11614291)

The years passed, mankind became stupider at a frightening rate. Some had high hopes the genetic engineering would correct this trend in evolution, but sadly the greatest minds and resources where focused on conquering hair loss and prolonging erections. ~~ Idiocracy

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Reply 11 - Posted by: mc squared, 4/26/2018 12:20:47 PM     (No. 11614293)

Natural progression. They stopped being able to make change years ago.

Give most clerk a $20 and 13 cents for a $17.13 bill and they´ll page the manager.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: JMEGrammy, 4/26/2018 12:22:02 PM     (No. 11614294)

My 15 year old granddaughter (who gets straight A´s) has trouble with analog clocks; if she can´t look at her phone, she´s lost. We argue about the fact she can´t read a "real" clock... I´ve tried and tried, she just won´t do it when she can look at her phone... This is a very smart kid.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: nimby, 4/26/2018 12:30:33 PM     (No. 11614303)

Try giving them a set of calipers to take measurements!!

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Highlander, 4/26/2018 12:58:12 PM     (No. 11614336)

I confess I have trouble with sundials. Duh.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Chuzzles, 4/26/2018 1:00:25 PM     (No. 11614340)

When my own kids were tots, about 35 years ago, I made the conscious decision then that they would learn all the old school methods of telling time, of how to tie shoes, etc before they ever got hold of the newfangled stuff. So my kids had no problems going back and forth between the digital and velcro and the old school ways we learned as kids ourselves.

Here´s a thought, you folks are teachers, how about you TEACH these kids something useful for a change instead of the treacle you have been feeding them.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: fishbone, 4/26/2018 1:07:17 PM     (No. 11614347)

Reminds me of an old Isaac Asimov short story, "The Feeling of Power."


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Reply 17 - Posted by: Wouldhe, 4/26/2018 1:10:48 PM     (No. 11614353)

That would be a dial caliper you are talking about? How about Vernier calipers, high gages and non-digital micrometers. Lots of fun.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: zephyrgirl, 4/26/2018 1:14:12 PM     (No. 11614358)

"Straight As" are no indication that a child is smart. The most common grade given these days is an "A." If they can´t tell time on an analog clock, and aren´t curious enough to learn, they´re not that smart.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: rolfnader, 4/26/2018 1:25:49 PM     (No. 11614370)

I prefer analogue clocks . As other poster mentioned, oven, dashboard,microwave (this computer,etc. I set my phone at rest screen to analogue and will always wear an analogue watch as long as they are available. There is a solid school of thought which infers that a digital dial doesn´t show you what time it is in relation to the entire day(at a glance). I´ve become a firm believer in that -not at first -but certainly feel that way soon after being shown that concept. While I´m relating this weirdness- will also mention that you don´t need either dial when in a crowded room, party, bar, restaurant,etc. The din of the room increases noticeably ever hour -at the top of hour, 20 mins after and forty minutes after. That one is even spookier!

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Reply 20 - Posted by: kono, 4/26/2018 1:27:45 PM     (No. 11614375)

Looking at ANY clock in an exam hall frustrates and stresses students, because it tells them how little time they have left to finish before the exam time runs out.

But this gives a convenient excuse for under-performing, so what the h... Replace the clocks. Then replace paper with tablet. Then replace text with audio. Then add youtube videos showing solutions. Then add ...

Eventually you´re going to run out of energy and just give them all A´s, like they wanted in the first place.

Thank God I had mostly good teachers who would not waive our requirement to learn and to demonstrate that learning in exams. We´d have been quite content as kids to do no work and learn nothing.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: Rivetjoint, 4/26/2018 1:30:31 PM     (No. 11614376)

My slide rule skills have waned over the years but my Dad´s trusty "guessing stick" helped get me through high school college prep math. Of course the aeronautical masterpiece SR-71 was designed by engineers using slide rules in the era before CAD.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: Packard Man, 4/26/2018 1:32:51 PM     (No. 11614383)

Pretty soon they won´t be able to sign their own names!

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Reply 23 - Posted by: jimjr, 4/26/2018 1:43:13 PM     (No. 11614392)

#11, I did that at a fast-food (misnomer) drive-through and had to catch the manager at the next window to give back the extra $2 the order-taker had given me in change.

(Yes, I am that honest.)

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Ribald1, 4/26/2018 1:53:29 PM     (No. 11614407)

More likely the teachers can´t read the clocks, but the students can.
Disconnecting time from the motions of the heavens deletes an important aspect of it.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: JansGraphix, 4/26/2018 2:08:56 PM     (No. 11614426)

This should not be a big surprise. There are some good teachers. But they are far, far outnumbered. The Democratic Socialists of America, pretty much sets the curriculum at the Library of Congress. Socialists and commies have been setting the curriculum for a long time. And now they seek to dumb our nation down. With the help of the teachers unions. Group think is all the rage. Individualism and critical thinking skills ARE OUT. GONE. ADIOS. And just about anybody can be a teacher now. Inc illegals, depending on where you live.

The 3 R´s, reading writing and arithmetic have been replaced by the 3 S´s. Socialism, secularism and sexuality. That ought to be a clue for some of us.

‘I was a teacher for 17 years, but I couldn’t read or write’

Will New York open the door to teachers who can´t read?

https://www.thenation.com/article/this-radical-librarian-may-soon-run-the-worlds-largest-library/ - She is now running it.

These will be our future ´leaders´. And I´m sure the ´progressive´ republcrats will welcome them with open arms. Nobody seems to care. Or they pay scant attention. To bad so many depend on TV news.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: coldoc, 4/26/2018 2:30:55 PM     (No. 11614454)

More likely a problem with the teachers. They probably all went to progressive colleges.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: cheeflo, 4/26/2018 4:00:56 PM     (No. 11614564)

Good grief! Then teach them how, you idiots! It´s so absurdly easy -- and that generation whines because it´s widely thought that they don´t know anything. Well, duh!

Tying one´s shoes and learning to tell time are milestone skills that children used to learn at an early age.


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Reply 28 - Posted by: NYbob, 4/26/2018 4:36:35 PM     (No. 11614588)

Pathetic. Another fact of how bad the US educational system is. The same generation of snowflakes can´t be bothered to learn to write their name either.

Giving up on the idea that some things are difficult and yet have to be mastered, has doomed a lot of gullible kids and their inattentive parents.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: EQKimball, 4/26/2018 5:17:23 PM     (No. 11614604)

By use pf a clock, you can teach fractions. Students can see the fractions as they appear on the face of the clock. One hour (e.g. 1 a.m.) is 1/12. One minute is 1/60. 20 minutes (4 a.m.) is 1/3. Don´t believe it? Look at the clock. You can see the equal distances between 12 and 4, the 4 and 8, and the 8 and 12. What is 1/3 - 1/4? Simple: 4 clock and 3 o´clock are just 5 minutes apart. Answer: 5/60. Divide 5 into 60 and you get 1/12. The numerous combinations of the minutes on a clock is visual and fun as a learning tool.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: Mushroom, 4/26/2018 5:39:37 PM     (No. 11614616)

For those of us less competent than #29, the analog clock permitted the ´IBM Method´ of answering multiple choice questions.
When totally clueless on a timed exam come back to the questions later and enter the choice based on the second hand of the clock. A= 0-15, B=15-30 etc.
As for the departure of analog clocks, does driver´s ed teach stick? Some things just get retired.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: 3XALADY, 4/26/2018 5:54:52 PM     (No. 11614628)

Great niece who is Junior in HS cannot sign her name. She can print it. I saw a kindergartner last night using a pencil and she held it so it rested on the ring finger of the right hand. Her grandmother is a retired teacher and she didn´t seem to be noticing how strangely gdtr was holding the pencil.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: Fosterdad, 4/26/2018 6:57:14 PM     (No. 11614674)

Will the Brits eventually replace the clock on Big Ben with a digital?

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Reply 33 - Posted by: mrduc, 4/26/2018 7:24:11 PM     (No. 11614702)

Don´t kids color with crayons anymore? If you can hold a crayon, you can hold a pencil.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: enemyofthestate, 4/26/2018 9:23:20 PM     (No. 11614758)

More evidence of the decline of Western Civilization.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: Smart11344, 4/27/2018 12:40:14 AM     (No. 11614871)

I didn´t have time to read the article.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: dvc, 4/27/2018 2:43:24 AM     (No. 11614905)

#11, I paid a McD´s bill for some dollars and 15 cents with the correct dollars and a quarter coin.

The 16ish female clerk looked at the money in her hand, looked at the register readout, than at the money again, and the register again. I said, quietly, trying not to embarass her, "You owe me a dime." She looked blankly at me, then back at the register and froze, 1,000 yard stare through the register. She didn´t move for at least a full 45 seconds, during which I quietly repeated, "Just give me a dime." a couple of times.
Still not moving a muscle, tears started running down her cheeks, and I tried one more time, "Just give me a dime."
Finally an older, male manager grabbed her gently and walked her, still mostly catatonic, back out of the front area. The replacement cashier gave me a dime.

I felt bad for her, but my goodness, get a clue, children.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 4/27/2018 2:46:07 AM     (No. 11614907)

A country is only as good as their educational system.

People do what you let them. They don´t do what they don´t have to. Maybe you aren´t demanding enough of students or citizens.

BTW Since it´s London, how many of the students are Muzlims?

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Reply 38 - Posted by: mickturn, 4/27/2018 7:05:08 AM     (No. 11614990)

As the education system continues to dumb down students it won´t be long before they can´t do math or read...OH WAIT, they´ve already succeeded! The Leftist scum in education only want sheeple to vote Democrap!

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WASHINGTON — Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates said she had something to get off her chest about President Trump at the 2018 Ideas Conference hosted by the Center for American Progress on Tuesday: Don’t ignore his attacks on the rule of law. “What I worry about is the normalization of so much that is not normal,” said Yates, who was fired by Trump in January 2017 after refusing to comply with his controversial executive order banning travel from seven Muslim-majority countries. “There is a time-honored tradition at the Department of Justice, at least since Watergate, that is nonpartisan,” Yates said.

American Airlines bans emotional
support amphibians, ferrets, goats and more

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Chicago Tribune, by Lauren Zumbach    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 5/15/2018 1:20:12 PM     Post Reply
First United Airlines barred an emotional support peacock from boarding. Now American Airlines is telling passengers some of their service and emotional support animals - including goats, hedgehogs and tusked creatures - can´t fly. The carrier is joining rival airlines in tightening rules for passengers flying with emotional support animals, expanding the list of animals that can´t fly in addition to requiring customers vouch for their animal´s ability to behave. Federal laws require airlines to permit passengers with disabilities to travel with service and emotional support animals in the cabin, though airlines can require a statement from a licensed mental

Michael Bloomberg warns Americans
of ‘epidemic of dishonesty’ in politics
during Rice commencement speech

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New York Daily News, by Denis Slattery    Original Article
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New York´s other ex-mayor believes Americans are facing an "epidemic of dishonesty" in the nation´s capital that´s a bigger threat to democracy than terrorism or Communism. While Rudy Giuliani has embarked on a recent media blast on behalf of President Trump, former mayor Michael Bloomberg in a commencement speech Saturday at Texas´ Rice University warned of "an endless barrage of lies" and a trend toward "alternate realities." The three-term City Hall chief didn´t mention Giuliani or Trump by name. However, he instead blamed "extreme partisanship" for the current barrage of dishonesty in politics.

´I Feel Lied To´: U.S. Army Chaplain Says
ICE Arrested His Husband, Despite Saying
He Would Be Safe From Deportation

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Newsweek Magazine, by Chantal Da Silva    Original Article
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A U.S. Army chaplain who served in Afghanistan is fighting to save his husband from deportation after he was arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in Charlotte, North Carolina. "He said, ´Do you think we´re going to arrest the spouse of an active-duty Army officer?´" Brown told Newsweek. (Snip) In a statement sent to Newsweek, ICE spokesman Bryan Cox said the couple´s "claims they possess a ´marriage waiver´ are not accurate." He said such a waiver, form I-130, "certifies the existence of a family relationship but does not confer any type of immigration benefit" and said Brown and Avila

Seattle City Council approves lower,
compromise head tax; Amazon blasts action

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KOMO Radio [Seattle], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 5/14/2018 9:03:29 PM     Post Reply
SEATTLE – The Seattle City Council on Monday approved a controversial but compromise head tax on large businesses to pay for programs for the homeless. The tax would raise about $48 million a year – less than the original proposal of $75 million but more than the $40 million that Mayor Jenny Durkan had proposed. Durkan says she will sign the bill. Amazon, downtown´s economic giant, immediately blasted the proposal and what it said was a hostile approach to larger businesses that "forces us to question our growth here." The tax passed in an 8-1 vote on an amendment, but several

The Bitterness Tour
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Townhall, by Cal Thomas    Original Article
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MELBOURNE, Australia -- When you hear "world tour" you usually think of superstars performing concerts in various cities for adoring fans. Not so with the presidentially deprived, entitlement-driven Hillary Clinton. Last week, Hillary Clinton came to Melbourne, Australia´s second largest city, and to Sydney, its largest, with a huge chip on her shoulder. The chip has been there since the 2016 election and seems to be growing larger with every appearance. As with almost everything else the Clintons do, it cost to hear her bitterness. Those who went to hear Clinton speak, more than 5,000 people, paid between $200 and $500 Australian

Donald gave us NO Satisfaction! Rolling Stones
guitarist Keith Richards reveals his band´s
bad experience with Trump as their 1989
tour promoter and urges US voters ´to*

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Daily Mail (UK), by Laura Forsyth    Original Article
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Rolling Stones star Keith Richards has told of the band´s bad experience with Donald Trump before he became US president. The rockers were left bruised after Trump was their promoter in 1989, on their Steel Wheels tour. The guitarist, 74, said the encounter left him demanding: ´You´ve got to get rid of this man!´ Richards told the BBC: ´He was the promoter for us in Atlantic City. It was (billed as) Donald Trump presents the Rolling Stones, (which was) in miniature. ´We never have much to do with promoters usually, but this one got me. That was the last time

How Obama loyalists conspired
to undermine the Trump transition

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Washington Times, by Rowan Scarborough    Original Article
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Republican-driven investigative reports on Russia have provided an unanticipated view into secret anti-Trump maneuvers by Obama loyalists during the span of the presidential transition. Congress set out in early 2017 to investigate Moscow election interference and any coordination with the Donald Trump campaign. As the collusion avenues led to dead ends, Republican investigators for the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the Senate Judiciary Committee traveled on a new lane. They discovered a number of behind-the-scenes moves that they said transformed a traditionally acrimony-free transition into a partisan transfer of presidential power. Among the findings: Obama appointees relied

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