According to the London Telegraph, schools in the United Kingdom are saying, “time is up,” for old analog clocks.
Apparently, students are having a tough time reading the traditional clock face, which is particularly problematic during tests.
Learning how to read an analog clock used to be part of elementary school curriculum, but in the age of smart phones, that skill appears to be dying.
“They should be able to tell time on a regular clock like everybody else does,” said Christopher Kaiser, Harrisburg resident.
“I guess we’re evolving, but I would prefer to evolve somewhere more positive and try to teach traditional values with a positive outlook on futuristic values rather than, ‘oh, let’s just go all in the future and forget about the past,'” said Dan Packer, 23.
One place where you will be hard-pressed to find a digital clock is Rodgers Clock Service. Bob Rodgers started working on clocks in the 1960s.
“This is my dad’s business, and I have been looking at and handling clocks from that time until — right even today,” Rodgers said.
Rodgers wasn’t fond of our neighbor’s actions from across the bond.
“[It was] somewhat of a surprise, somewhat of a — maybe — disappointment — maybe a little short-sighted,” Rodgers said.
Although, he isn’t worried. After decades in business, Rodgers said he’s never been at a shortage of work, and he find that to many people, analog clocks are family.
“That instrument that we rely upon becomes a very significant part of our lives, or, the whole family’s life, and from one family to the next.,” Rodgers said.
Even if the U.S. starts to pick up on the trend, Rodgers said analog clocks will always have their time and place
“Back in high school, I had friends say, ‘oh, the digital clocks are coming. You won’t have anything to do.’ That was 35 years ago,” Rodgers said.