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Schools replacing analog clocks with digital ones

Kids don't know how to read analog clocks, and it's making some school districts consider digital clocks only.

(WTHR) — Some schools in Britain are replacing analog clocks with digital ones because kids can't read the analog versions.

And it's not just true for British children. Many American children can't either.

The schools in Britain that have ditched analog clocks in certain rooms where exams, the Washington Post reported.

“They are used to seeing a digital representation of time on their phone, on their computer, Malcolm Trobe told the Washington Post. Nearly everything they’ve got is digital, so youngsters are just exposed to time being given digitally everywhere. ..."

And in the U.S. a survey from 2017 found that only one in five children between the ages of 6 and 12 could read an analog clock.

On Tuesday night, Jimmy Kimmel had some fun with the issue.

He interviewed a number of children asking each what time it was as an analog clock was held up. And all but one child couldn't tell the time.

Therefore, may it's either time to teach these kids how to read analog clocks, or ditch them altogether.