UK is toast: Ranks poorly for press freedom; schools remove analogue clocks because teens can’t tell the time

Our DCG often says “The UK is toast”. Here are two more signs that the UK indeed is toast.

(1) The UK ranks poorly in freedom of the press

EuroNews reports, April 25, 2018, that according to the NGO Reporters Without Borders, the UK ranks 40th out of 180 countries for press freedom, placing it among the worst countries in Western Europe. Incredibly, the UK ranks behind Chile, Trinidad, Tobago and Samoa in terms of restrictions on reporters.

Among the concerns about the UK, Reporters Without Borders cited a heavy-handed approach towards the press (often in the name of national security); the Investigatory Powers Act that gives insufficient protection to whistleblowers, journalists and their sources; threats to encryption tools; and plans to criminalize repeated viewing of extremist content.

Leading the EU for press freedom are Sweden (2nd overall), the Netherlands (3rd) and Finland (4th).

(2) UK schools are getting rid of analogue clocks because teenagers are unable to tell the time

Camilla Turner reports for The Telegraph, April 24, 2018, that teachers are now installing digital devices after pupils sitting for their GCSE and A-level exams complained that they were struggling to read the correct time on an analogue clock.

Former headmaster Malcolm Trobe, deputy general secretary at the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), said young people have become accustomed to using digital devices: “The current generation aren’t as good at reading the traditional clock face as older generations. They are used to seeing a digital representation of time on their phone, on their computer. Nearly everything they’ve got is digital so youngsters are just exposed to time being given digitally everywhere.”

Trobe said that although it is assumed that by the time students reach secondary school they will be able to read a clock face, in reality this is often not the case. He said that schools are trying to make everything as “as easy and straightforward as possible” for pupils during their exams, but having a traditional clock in the exam room could be a cause of unnecessary stress: “You don’t want them to put their hand up to ask how much time is left. Schools will inevitably be doing their best to make young children feel as relaxed as the can be. There is actually a big advantage in using digital clocks in exam rooms because it is much less easy to mistake a time on a digital clock when you are working against time.”

A number of teachers shared their experiences about the issue on social media. All said that their students cannot tell the time with an analogue clock.

Has it occurred to UK teachers that they can teach their students how to read time on an analogue clock? How difficult is that?

Meanwhile, Sally Payne, the head pediatric occupational therapist at the Heart of England foundation NHS Trust, warned that children are increasingly finding it hard to hold pens and pencils because of an excessive use of technology.  When they are given a pencil at school, they are increasingly unable to hold it.

Payne said: “To be able to grip a pencil and move it, you need strong control of the fine muscles in your fingers. Children need lots of opportunity to develop those skills. It’s easier to give a child an iPad than encouraging them to do muscle-building play such as building blocks, cutting and sticking, or pulling toys and ropes. Because of this, they’re not developing the underlying foundation skills they need to grip and gold a pencil.”

H/t FOTM‘s Grif

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Update:

Can you imagine how befuddled those UK kids would be if the analog clock has Roman numerals? LOL (h/t John Molloy)

Roman numeral clock ~Eowyn

77 responses to “UK is toast: Ranks poorly for press freedom; schools remove analogue clocks because teens can’t tell the time

  1. SO! You are telling me that it took you 2 hours and 7 minutes to locate that digital clock?
    “Speaking the truth in times of universal deceit is a revolutionary act.” Geo. Orwell

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  3. We jest, but…

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  4. We are screwed

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  5. The students can’t tell time this reflects on what kind of teaching they are doing over there talk about dumbing down that is a slam dunk to the bottom of the pool. Guess they need them dumb so they can let the invaders run loose and do what they want since the populace is to stupid to do anything like try to make the government do something about it.☻

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  6. You don’t have to go that far, right in our own backyard if they don’t have a calculator, forget about adding, substracting and the simplest mathematical problems. That’s why they DONT NEED TO THINK.

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    • You’re right. American young people most likely can’t tell time on an analogue clock either. The US is toast too!

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      • Oh, they can’t.

        My daughter had a tough time, telling time, in elementary school for a few years as well. She also has trouble with fractions, which was clearly evident when she had difficulty following a recipe to make something as simple as a cake.

        I should text her with emojis that show analog clocks with times in sequence a half hour apart – I gotta remember to use one of those next time she asks me when will I be home from work, just to see what her reaction will be!

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        • That reminds me of a story. A guy comes up with an arm full of wristwatches. He says “Hey, you wanna buy a watch? I know y’all ain’t got a watch because if you had a watch you’d know it was night time, and night time ain’t no time to be in this here neighborhood”.

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    • There used to be a joke about that.
      Johnny comes home from school exhausted,angry and exasperated. His Mom says,”Did you have a good day in school?” He says,”NO-It was HORRIBLE!! The battery went dead on my calculator,and I actually had to THINK!!”

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  7. I think they taught us that in kindergarten. We are in a lot of trouble. I guess I’d better throw away my slide rule.

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  8. Just call me an old bat . . . if I had children who displayed an inability to read time from an analog clock, I would round up every hand held gadget, every PC, etc. and they would be locked away, or removed from the house, until my child should show they had mastered this skill. Good Heavens, first we hear of children in this country that are not being taught cursive writing, because they will never use it. Now across the pond, the British children are so lacking in fine motor skills that they are unable to hold a pen or pencil. I feel the schools have failed the parents, who were foolish enough to trust them to “teach their children all the skills they needed to be proficient out in the world.” It is time that parents take back their God given rights and start teaching their kids at home, or at least supplementing what was being taught in public school. This is truly a tragedy beyond compare. Unless the public steps in and raises the roof . . . nothing will change. Can’t you just imagine a high school graduate being in some situation where they are called on to utilize an analog clock to tell time, and the truth comes out that they are too ignorant to do so! Unbelievable.

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    • Hey, they graduate students every day that can’t read or write. Some of them even fail PE.

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    • Auntie Lulu . . . Amen! Surely Daniel wasn’t referring to them – Dan. 12:4 But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.
      This is more than sad. As you said, it’s tragic! These are the fruits of latchkey kids. My 70-year old heart hurts over what has come upon society in these times.

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      • Linda Sorci . . . . God Bless you. I am 71 years old, and I view the current state of our society as a tragedy beyond compare. You mention the “latchkey kids,” my sweet Mother was home after school through out my entire school life. I cannot even imagine how bereft today’s children must feel to be shuffled off to the care of someone who is not their Mother. Yes, our Mothers left their homes to add to the families finances, because Uncle Sam was busy taking more and more of the wages that Dads earned to care for the single mother’s and their illegitimate offspring. It is no wonder all these electronic gadgets became the rage–they are all replacement toys for “Mother being away from the home.” As a nation, we have had 50-60 years of the “latchkey” generations . . . and yet as a nation we are all the poorer for it. Mothers in the home always in past times helped teach things such as telling time via an analog clock–now that is no more. If they cannot get that taught to them in school, then evidently the society just shifts away from utilization of that specific knowledge, and they switch to something else. Today’s children, and their parents have been sold a monumental bill of goods . . .which is basically all smoke and mirrors.

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        • There were so MANY other things Mom’s taught us as kids-Honesty,Ethics,Logic,Common Sense,the value of a good Work Ethic,even a little about how to cook for ourselves and how to fix a worn out sock. (I found I could sew one up but never got the hang of tying it so the repair wouldn’t unravel. Now I just use a drop of Super Glue.) All these things are NECESSARY for a kid to be a well functioning youth/young adult. The LACK of these features are plain to see in the kids of today-compare a typical adult from our Generations (Mine became adults in the late 60’s-those of us who went to war became adults far younger.) to one of the adult Millennials. You can tell the differences with your eyes closed.

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    • Excellent post, Auntie. While reading it I began to think… hmmmm… will there be a generation or so that will not become doctors or nurses or aides because they won’t be able to take and record a manual heart rate? I don’t think digital clocks have a ‘second hand’, do they?

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      • phoenix . . . . That is a point that is excellent. In the working society of the future, it will definitely be the children who have been taught these things that today is deemed unnecessary, Unfortunately, those children who get left behind, due to lack of concern on the part of parent(s) or guardians . . . will be those who make up the herds of the unemployed, due to the fact in part that they lack basic skill sets, and in part because of the mechanization of the work environment. Savvy parents will fight to see to it that THEIR OFFSPRING learn enough that they will be considered the cream of the crop when it comes to prospective employees. The horrible fact is that the others will become more and more useless in modern societies, and will be among those who the New World Order wishes to have become victim of “culling the herds.”

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  9. Dr Eowyn . . . . Phenomenally great article! Even if it breaks my heart.

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  11. They can’t tell time but know all about transgender issues, no doubt. How progressive…

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    • Yep. I’ll bet they can explain all those acronyms. “Left-handed, herniated, pan-sexual, soy-boy, swisher, bottom. (LHHPSSBSB).

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    • all these tools of yesteryear are now deemed irrelevant and consigned to the dust bin of history

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      • Not for me….I love my diamond watch & wouldn’t give it up for some ugly electronic watch!

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        • DCG . . . . I can easily understand that. I recently broke for the second time a really nice battery operated alarm clock. Somehow, they just keep falling off the edge of my bed, and they don’t work any longer. I purchased three cheaper replacements . . . in each case it is an analog, battery operated alarm clock. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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  12. maybe seeing as the religion of peace has so many adherents there, the UK is accommodating them by reverting back to the 7th century. It reminds me of one of our cabbie jokes. A muslim gets in a taxi and as it pulls away tells the driver to turn off the radio because they didn’t have radios in the prophet’s day. The driver says fair enough. turns it off and pulls to the curb. The passenger asks what’s going on? The driver replies, ‘get out and flag a camel they didn’t have autos in the prophet’s day either.’

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  13. In the US the kids can’t write in Cursive, and can’t tie their shoes, they need Velcro. We also have the analog/digital clock issue here too, Webster will be removing the word ‘Chronological’ from the Dictionary next!

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  14. Reblogged this on necltr and commented:

    Who will get the contract to replace the movement of Big Ben? Timex or Casio?

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  15. Joan Rivers, may she rest in peace, had digital grandfather clocks as a joke.

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  16. England is a strange and unique case of national suicide.

    If President Trump can do anything of perpetual value to America, he would put an ABSOLUTE END to the British Empire and its influence and its ties to the United States. It is apparent to me that the Queen has an utter hatred for her own people, and that England has been intellectually and culturally devolving for a very long time now.

    It is very clear to me that England needs the United States and NOT the other way around, and what they have done to little Charlie Gard and little Alfie Evans are CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY. So we must cut all ties to Great Britain and start dictating the terms of her international behavior. If President Trump can actually get the attention of Kim Jong Un, he should b able to get Her Majesty’s attention. (This may prove to be a bit more difficult if she proves to be inbred, and I am serious, because this runs in her family).
    I am being serious here: The Government of England is constituted of History’s Troublemakers # 1—and they must be STOPPED.

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  17. I notice this article includes photos of analogue and digital clocks. Is that because Americans, perhaps even older adults, don’t know the names of these clocks? Even if dumbed-down students can only tell time on a digital clock, how can they determine time remaining for taking the exam? Surely, they cannot add or subtract. Can they even read the questions on the exams? Or do they now use multiple-choice drawings?

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  18. In reply to the above. The United Kingdom is in a mess because it joined the damn EU, now thank God BREXIT has seen an end to that. The UK is in a mess because there are too many Bleeding Heart Liberals. We have a devious Khan as Mayor of London, an utter disgrace. The Queen has never liked her people, look what she has now allowed. When she dies that should be the END of them, the majority of us have had enough of keeping them and their lazy lifestyles. what purpose do they serve, NONE. I agree we do need the USA we always will need the USA. I am appalled and disgusted with the Queen that no Personal Invitation was given to President Trump for a State Visit, I cannot recall a President that did not have a State Visit. That useless Obama was given one and even allowed to speak in Westminster Hall, disgusting. I am looking forward to President Trump coming here even if only for a short time on business, despite the massive threats by those extreme Far Left Labour Marxists – Corbyn and company and Momentum and ANTIFA that will protest. There will be as many there to welcome President Trump and I hope to be there as well.

    Let me take issue with you over Alder Hey Hospital the Doctors and that seriously ill child, that practically dead child. As a Mother of Sons yes I can try and understand how hard it must be, but DONT blame the Doctors or the Hospital or this Country. That Child has an incurable illness, that wonderful Hospital has done and is doing all it can. How dare you come out with such utter garbish as Crimes Against Humanity. ISIS is Crimes Against Humanity not Alder Hey or the Doctors or this Country. The British Taxpayers, ie me (not you) are footing the bill and when this Father (no doubt lived his life on benefits) is taking out cases against the Hospital and the Doctors, its us the British Taxpayer that pays. The Pope should keep his nose out of our business and let this child die as he should. As for the UK and its past History that is exactly that, PAST. We, the ordinary caring people are trying to keep our Country, we are going to have to fight to keep this Country from turning into another Middle Eastern trouble spot, those illegals here and the rest too many home grown Terrorists want Sharia Law here and all their other s..t, well it won’t happen, thats our fight and thats what we should be concerning ourselves with.

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    • Anna Cottage . . . . God Bless you for addressing the problems Great Britain is currently having. With all my strength of soul, I pray that BREXIT may start to prove to be beneficial to the God fearing English men and women. I agree, it poses such a significant problem to GB, and to America, this desire to install Sharia Law to govern peoples who have had written laws that go back a thousand years. You are so correct, keeping GB from becoming just another “Middle Eastern trouble spot, with those illegals” is a fight that is being fought on both sides of the Atlantic. Here in America, we are seeing more and more Muslimes being voted into political position on a national level, state level, and local levels. This is a fight that connects the peoples of GB, and America. May God Bless all the honest in heart that they may lead the fight, and overcome the influences of foreign interests.

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    • Anna, thanks for sharing that. I have watched your sad progression since before the EC. I keep screaming that the same is happening here. That should surprise no one. This is an orchestrated effort.

      It speaks volumes to the self-control and/or conditioning of peoples that they watch this happen and do not riot. There are pros and cons associated with that. That they can still be mulling over Brexit after this much time is truly disgusting. It tells the tale as to who they work for.

      We’re all in the same boat. You just happen to be a little farther up the river than we. You got an earlier start.

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  19. A few years ago I had a car accident that put me in the hospital for 2 months, 1 month in ICU unconscious, One injury was a closed head injury, or TBI, traumatic brain injury. After being fully conscious the occupational therapists tested me often with the same questions; “What’s the last thing you remember before the accident?” “How old are you?” And “what time is it?” (A large clock was on the wall of my room? It was about 1 1/2 weeks before I could tell time, even though I knew what the numbers were, and knew, but not with certainty at first, the short hand was the hour and the long hand was the minutes. It was some time before my signature was legible but some of that was physical.

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  21. Common sense will be an ancient theory when the last of us ceases to breathe. the new generations taking over will be taught to think limiting the brain function, they will be the vehicle needed for the ones in control, it will be a socialized “free world”, no barriers, no distinctions but an automaton society.

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  22. This should come as no surprise to anyone. It is ironic that the people in the UK are celebrating the birth of a new royal baby while their government is brushing off Baby Alfie, a commoner’s right to life. Would they forbid a royal baby from leaving the country to seek further medical care? It is a grim reminder that Socialized Medicine is vested with power over peoples’ lives and turns citizens into subjects of the state.

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  23. It is beyond grossly embarrassing to watch any country fold and heel to the seventh century Neanderthals that simply walk into your ‘EVERYTHING’ and gradually take over and utilize your hundreds of years of strength, pride and culture.
    As phucked up as England is….it scares the shit out of me to think we are next.
    Except….As citizens……we are still armed.

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    • Silhouette . . . . Very well said. I agree completely with your synopsis of what is going on in England, and gradually drifting over here across the Atlantic.

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  24. Can’t hold a pencil??? Who ties their shoes. Oh never mind, Velcro. Fruit comes in a squeeze bag. More sugar in one drink than they need all week. Won’t be still. Drug, er, ah, medicate them. Good Grief.

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  25. LOL – My current chronograph watch only has a “12” at the top.

    The one I had before (which I still have) would positively blow their little minds:

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  26. What about analog altimeters?

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  27. Wait for the alphabet to be replaced by emojies. (Sp.? Who cares, whigh shud eye?) Twenty-first century A.D. hieroglyphics.

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  28. In response to EVH. We are not all celebrating the birth of another royal Baby. I have no interest in them, likewise I will not be watching or listening to that pathetic marriage that is to take place, that we the Taxpayers will have to fork out for, and when they divorce in a few years the cost will go to us. The marriage is a sham she is a gold digger from oakland who will not hang around. As for the Royals and that idiot Charles and that adulterous w…e of his, when his mother dies thats should be the end of them all. The UK will never rid itself of the Class system until we are rid of the Royals.

    Regard that Baby Alfie, the Doctors of Alda Hey have done everything they can for the goodness of that child, do you really think a Doctor would deliberately do damage to a baby, get a grip. The NHS has paid out and paid out for this child and will continue to do so, where do you think that money comes from, US. As hard as it is, that Baby is virtually dead, everything that could have been done for that child has been done, and beyond, so how dare anyone suggest that the UK is killing that child.

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    • Anna:

      I’ve read chatter on the AltMedia that Kate & William’s 3 children were carried by surrogates, which has become trendy in Hellywood. Have you seen/heard about that?

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    • I think the parents should have had the right to move their child to a different hospital or even bring him home to die if that was their choice. Helicopters were on the roof of the hospital waiting to take him for treatment but he was held behind a door guarded by police. He was literally held captive by a government that decided that he had to be forced to die.

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  30. NEWSFLASH!!!! The digital clocks in our classrooms, now over 30 years old, have been “pooped out” for a decade. Being California, it took a decade for anyone to do anything about this. So, we came back from Spring break &, right beside the half-assed digital clocks, “”they” installed new analogue clocks. I asked my students over the next few day if they knew how to tell time w/the “new’ clocks. I was actually SURPRISED that it was about 50/50, as I had been pretty sure it would have been 99% “NO.”

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