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Schools removing analog clocks because students can't read them


WASHINGTON (WJLA) — What has two hands and a face, but no arms and legs?

A clock, of course.

But that riddle is not the only thing that puzzles some people about old-fashioned analog clocks, apparently.

A United Kingdom teachers' union told The Telegraph last week that some schools are removing analog clocks from classrooms because students can't read them and it stresses them out.

The old fashioned devices are being replaced with digital devices, instead.

“The current generation aren’t as good at reading the traditional clock face as older generations,” said Malcolm Trobe, deputy general secretary at the Association of School and College Leaders.

“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.”

These British students aren't alone. A few studies and surveys conducted in recent years have supported the idea that younger generations struggle with telling time the old-fashioned way.

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