Concerning Study Shows School Students Can't Do This Common Thing

Think of some basic life skills you learned when you were in school. Cursive writing, addition and subtraction, grammar, and how to tell time.

Unfortunately, kids today can't do one of theses things...they can't read a clock.

A study in Oklahoma show that 4 out of 5 kids can correctly tell time, and only 1 in 10 kids own a watch.

Sure, they can read the time off their phones, tablets, and computers. But reading an analog clock is not something they've been taught.

Caitlin Carnes, a worker for the Boys and Girls Club in the area, says it's alarming that these kids aren't able to tell time.

"Yeah, I was super surprised," said Carnes. "When I was growing up that was something that we learned. I don't know if that makes me old or not. I think the exposure to technology, everyone's so used to seeing digital. They all have cell phones and tablets so they don't have to look at a clock very often that's analog."

More than 150 students took part in the study, which consisted of 15 questions. 31 students passed, with only 15 earning perfect scores.

At the end of the study, the Boys and Girls Club partnered with Discount Watch Store to give each kid an analog watch, hopefully to improve their abilities in the future.

There have been many arguments that suggest it's not a bad thing for kids to be unable to tell time on an analog clock, because everything is moving towards digital anyway. The time used to teach kids how to tell time could be used to teach them something more relevant.

What do you think about the findings of this study? Let us know!

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