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Old 09-10-2019, 01:48 PM
 
Location: Upstate NY 🇺🇸
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Old 09-10-2019, 01:51 PM
 
Location: Eugene, Oregon
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If you want to buy a digital watch, you have to hunt to find one. "High style" is analog, but very many young people have never owned a watch. They dig in their pocket for a phone when they want to know the time.
This is true and it seems to conflict with the premise of the OP. Last year, I was looking for a new, digital wristwatch, in stores around town. Almost all they had on display were analog with sweep hands. I had to order one online. Some analog clocks have Roman numerals, which could add to the problem for those who are chronologically challenged.
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Old 09-10-2019, 01:54 PM
 
Location: Somewhere out there.
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Here's a novel idea.


Since they're in a school, maybe TEACH THEM HOW TO READ THE CLOCKS!
Good grief.
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Old 09-10-2019, 02:00 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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One other thing not understood is the phrasing of what time it is. Half past, a quarter 'til, etc. Some of that is the result of the use of digital time.

I had a kid tell me he had to to leave at 10:15. I said, "OK just leave at a quarter after". He then said, " No, 10:15". Turned out that only one kid in that class of 36 (yeah, I know it was a small class) knew the terminology although about half could tell time on an analog clock. Quick 5 minute lesson on terminology. I likened it to pizza.
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Old 09-10-2019, 02:29 PM
 
Location: Arizona
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I don't have an abacus despite my age, but I actually found my slide rule in a box when cleaning out some storage. Around here, in my family and at work almost everyone has a time-telling device on their wrist. Many are Apple watches, other various forms of Fitbit or other fitness tracking that also happe to show the time.
That's obviously true. I myself wear a watch. A very expensive, recognizable one too. I'm a product of and lived my time in the sun, in the 20th century and I don't think I ever transitioned to the 21st century.

But I certainly take no umbridge with those who latch on to new technology and discard the old.
When I went to school, typing class in sophomore year was mandatory. You had to do 45 WPM to pass the course.
I just saw on the news last night that Verizon has just donated 16,000 IPads to the local school system for all middle schoolers.

The only constant in the wheel of life is change.
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Old 09-10-2019, 02:33 PM
 
Location: too far from the sea
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One other thing not understood is the phrasing of what time it is. Half past, a quarter 'til, etc. Some of that is the result of the use of digital time.

I had a kid tell me he had to to leave at 10:15. I said, "OK just leave at a quarter after". He then said, " No, 10:15". Turned out that only one kid in that class of 36 (yeah, I know it was a small class) knew the terminology although about half could tell time on an analog clock. Quick 5 minute lesson on terminology. I likened it to pizza.
Yeh, they can't speak it either. I was on a cruise ship and wanted to know what time dinner would be. I tried to make a reservation for quarter of six (or something.) The person just looked puzzled. A lot went through my mind, like, does the person speak English? Did I say something wrong? Do I have the wrong place or the wrong day? Turns out that they couldn't tell time unless I said it a certain way.

This means we can't say twenty to six? We would have to say five forty?

(Don't get me started on how they can't even read or write!)
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Old 09-10-2019, 02:53 PM
 
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I know plenty of people who can't write who were taught by conservative educators in my school district.



Of course you do skippy...
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Old 09-10-2019, 02:55 PM
 
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Many young people also cannot read or write in cursive. We are sliding backward very quickly.



They don't even teach cursive in school anymore.....
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Old 09-10-2019, 03:00 PM
 
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Is there a tie-in to white supremacy? It's usually so in the Current Year.
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Old 09-10-2019, 03:01 PM
 
Location: too far from the sea
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I know plenty of people who can't write who were taught by conservative educators in my school district.



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Of course you do skippy...
It's not conservative vs liberal. I was a teacher and there are teachers in my family--we are more or less liberal and we all think it's stupid that kids can't read or write or even tell time. I am running into more and more high school kids who think it's "quaint" that I write my name. And in a store when I asked them to make a note of something for the manager to order, they printed it like a kid in pre-school--big sloppy letters and with great difficulty.

How long would it take for them to learn to read and write? Or to tell time? Can they not spend a few minutes away from their phones?
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