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Old 09-10-2019, 10:25 PM
 
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There was a time most folks knew how to shoe a horse.
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Old 09-10-2019, 10:31 PM
 
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Just like teachers aren't focusing on handwriting skills.. we live in a different era.

Seeings how most the left and right don't know what time it is I suppose it was a matter of time lol.
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Old 09-10-2019, 11:31 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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Students not being able to tell time on an analog clock, made me think of something I saw on some tv station a while back.
Two teen guys were ushered into a room where a rotary phone was placed on a desk.
They were asked to say what it was.
Obviously they had no idea what it was, or how it operated.
They messed with it, trying to decide what it was, then gave up.
I guess one could use the old adage of giving something made in the 1700'S to us of the fifties generation, and we should figure out what it was.

Kids today are not programmed to delve into the past.
They don't live in the past, and couldn't care less what lies ahead for tomorrow.
That are lost in the today.


Bob.
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Old 09-10-2019, 11:35 PM
 
Location: the Sticks
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Another urban myth. What kind of moron couldn't read an analog clock?
Likely the same kind of moron who would eat a Tide pod.
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Old Yesterday, 04:27 PM
 
Location: Eugene, Oregon
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Analog is easier because it's like looking at a picture. You don't even need the numbers because you can tell by the shape the clock hands make. It's so basic and intuitive. Before clocks there were sundials...the basic idea goes back well, nearly to the beginning of Time, lol.

Take five minutes and teach the poor dears how to read a clock. It's not that hard.

Without the configuration of an analog clock, how would fighter pilots communicate the location of enemy planes?
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Old Yesterday, 10:23 PM
 
Location: Rutherfordton,NC
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Reading maps is another skill being lost. Replaced by smart phones and GPS.
Agreed my wife and I use road maps when we feel a road trip coming on.
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Old Today, 01:56 AM
 
Location: California
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Soooooooo teach them? Or are the teachers dumb?
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Old Today, 02:34 AM
 
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One year I gave my 8 year old nephew an analog wrist watch. My sister told me he didnít know how to tell time on that type of clock. Patiently taught him in less than 10 minutes.
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Old Today, 06:00 AM
 
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What's the point. Both require a battery. If there's no battery you won't be able to power an analog either.

This is not some survival technique unless you plan on instructing 6 year olds on how to use a sun dial. Impractical and not useful.

A better use of the author's time would be advocating for kids to learn how to repair an autonomous GPS tracking device independent of a smartphone.
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Old Today, 06:04 AM
 
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There was a time most folks knew how to shoe a horse.
But what's the PRACTICALITY instead of the SENTIMENTALITY...

We STILL use cars, we don't use horses anymore for transportation. Teach the kids how to do an OIL CHANGE...
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