Some schools in the United Kingdom are removing clocks from their examination halls and test rooms, because so many teenagers cannot tell the time, according to The Telegraph. The young scholars are having a hard time telling time?
Malcolm Trobe, deputy general secretary at the Association of School and College Leaders explained: “The current generation aren’t as good at reading the traditional clock face as older generations. They are used to seeing a digital representation of time on their phone, on their computer. Nearly everything they’ve got is digital, so youngsters are just exposed to time being given digitally everywhere.”
After students complained that they were struggling to read the time correctly, instructors decided to install digital devices instead of taking time to teach the kids how to read a clock, the paper reported. Mr. Trobe told The Telegraph that teachers are keen to create a test environment where everything is as “easy and straightforward as possible,” noting that traditional clocks in examination rooms could be causing students unnecessary stress.
“You don’t want them to put their hand up to ask how much time is left,” he stated. “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.”
Everything traditional is under assault. Colleges are no longer teaching the classics, rhetoric, debate or logic. As a result, young people are losing their ability to reason and formulate arguments. Due to word processors and keyboards, many kids have lost the ability to write, particularly in cursive. (Though they have a dramatically expanded ability to curse). The beautiful art of calligraphy has gone the way of the dinosaur and dodo bird. Our youth spend so much time in front of televisions, computers, smart phones and digital accessories, they have lost the ability to interpret or extrapolate. Everything is spelled out for them, enumerated. They know only what they see in front of them. Unlike reading, which engages the reader’s mind, this screen-based “reality” tends to dumb them down.
In some important ways, we are not evolving, but devolving. Not everything leftists deem as “progressive” actually is, just as not all change is progress.
In matters such as these, it’s about time we turned back the clock.
Before it’s too late.