The United Kingdom is Out of Time

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The United Kingdom is Out of Time

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by baldilocks

Shake­speare wept

And in other news regard­ing the down­fall of the UK

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.

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.”

Mr Trobe, a for­mer head­mas­ter, said that teach­ers want their stu­dents to feel as relaxed as pos­si­ble dur­ing exams. Hav­ing a tra­di­tional clock in the room could be a cause of unnec­es­sary stress, he added.

He said that schools are try­ing to make every­thing as “as easy and straight­for­ward as pos­si­ble” for pupils dur­ing their exams.

You don’t want them to put their hand up to ask how much time is left,” he said.

Schools will inevitably be doing their best to make young chil­dren feel as relaxed as the can be. 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.”

Empha­sis mine.

Addi­tion­ally, British school­child­ren are hav­ing trou­ble hold­ing writ­ing imple­ments, aka pens and pen­cils – a result of over depen­dence on iPads and whatnot.

In fair­ness, I can bet that many Amer­i­cans younger than 40 are also unable to read a face clock. Both here and in the UK, there’s a sin­gu­lar rea­son for this: the pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tion of par­ents failed to teach this for­merly mun­dane skill.

One envi­sions a dis­mal future head­line if dig­i­tal toi­let paper is in the inven­tion hopper.

Besides, the mur­der of Alfie Evans at hands of the UK gov­ern­ment has already indi­cated what time it is. But it’s cer­tain that many can’t deter­mine that either, which is just how that gov­ern­ment wants it.

Hunters like their prey to be relaxed. And the US is far from immune from this sport.

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng has been blog­ging since 2003 as baldilocks. Her older blog is here. She pub­lished her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game in 2012.

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Don’t ask me, Bill. These are your people.

by baldilocks

Shakespeare wept

And in other news regarding the downfall of the UK

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.

“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.”

Mr Trobe, a former headmaster, said that teachers want their students to feel as relaxed as possible during exams. Having a traditional clock in the room could be a cause of unnecessary stress, he added.

He said that schools are trying to make everything as “as easy and straightforward as possible” for pupils during their exams.

“You don’t want them to put their hand up to ask how much time is left,” he said.

“Schools will inevitably be doing their best to make young children feel as relaxed as the can be. 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.”

Emphasis mine.

Additionally, British schoolchildren are having trouble holding writing implements, aka pens and pencils – a result of over dependence on iPads and whatnot.

In fairness, I can bet that many Americans younger than 40 are also unable to read a face clock. Both here and in the UK, there’s a singular reason for this: the previous generation of parents failed to teach this formerly mundane skill.

One envisions a dismal future headline if digital toilet paper is in the invention hopper.

Besides, the murder of Alfie Evans at hands of the UK government has already indicated what time it is. But it’s certain that many can’t determine that either, which is just how that government wants it.

Hunters like their prey to be relaxed. And the US is far from immune from this sport.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng has been blogging since 2003 as baldilocks. Her older blog is here.  She published her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game in 2012.

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