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Can you tell the time on a normal clock. Well seemingly a 1/5 of the youth of today can’t tell the time on a clock with pointers. WTF. Is happening in this country. All the youths using smartphones etc
 

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When you got a Labour Politician who thinks Doris Day is a bank holiday waddaya expect.
 

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Ive got a clock on my lounge wall, just two hands, no numbers markers or dots, and the wall is the clock face.
That confuses the hell out of a lot of people :D
 

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Our local club has a clock that runs (and is numbered) backwards. Try telling the time with that when you've had a few.
 

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I know a lot who can’t tell the time, good job I can cos if they ain’t there when I tell em I leave em, funny though they learn quickly ??
 

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Drives me nuts in class. A kid asked me the time and I said nearly ten to three, he looked at me blank until I said two forty eight:rolleyes:
 

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One of my wifes colleagues needed a calculator to work out how many 10's were in 50 FFS he's 28 years old.... I friggin despair I really do
 

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Surprised that it's only 20% in all honesty and as for mental arithmetic most are totally lost without a calculator. :unsure:

On this years JJL match we had some bright young ladies from the JJL offices helping to record the weigh-in who hadn't a clue how to add up pounds and ounces.:(
 

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No need nowadays, can just so Siri “hey Siri what time is it”
And the reply comes back “Chico time”
 

Arry

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Rather than sitting working out the Integer of a prime with the angle of the hypotenuse and the square root of parrots how about teaching them BASIC matches like times tables addition and subtraction...
Last year I had a game of darts with a lad who has a degree in maths and he didn't know how to subtract the scores... WTF are they teaching kids in school...?
 

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Our local club has a clock that runs (and is numbered) backwards. Try telling the time with that when you've had a few.
There's one like that at one of the sites I work. Its surprising how off-putting it is. You actually have to think and work out the time rather than take a snapshot glance as you would with a normal clock.

Funnily enough I was sat on t'throne last night (too much info? :) ) and I wondered if I could still remember my times tables. So I started reciting them in my head with "Once two is two, two twos are four." and so on. I got right through to "twelve twelves" without a mistake, although I had to think for a second on one or two. I wonder how many on here still know theirs?
 

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On the subject of metric measurements, to be fair I was taught in metric rather than imperial 50 years ago so it is little wonder that today's youngsters don't understand imperial.

As for calculators, When I did my OU Maths Foundation course we were not allowed to use calculators for standard computations. The reason being that 1/3 is accurate as far as a mathematician is concerned. 0.33 recurring is imprecise. So most things were done in fractions not decimal.
 

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For good or ill, things that were once commonplace turn into anachronisms. Such is the way of the world, there's little point in railing against it. I know folks that haven't worn a watch in decades, they prefer to rely on their mobile phone for the time. I don't feel properly dressed without a watch, but I couldn't care whether it's analogue or digital. Due to my background, I also have a nasty tendency to use the 24 hour clock. Telling someone that it's 18:45 seems to confuse the hell out of many people, regardless of their age.

I was never formally taught any Imperial measurements. Any knowledge I have of them comes from fishing or working with old "legacy" equipment or American sourced stuff. I know the names of pre-decimal coinage, but have no idea how many pennies make up a shilling, or shillings a pound.

I'd expect the vast majority of folks under 48 (ish. Those that were the first to do GCSEs) to have even less knowledge of Imperial measurements and pre-decimal money than I do. There's not much need for them to have such knowledge and most will not have been formally taught about either much beyond them being footnotes to a text.
 

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On the subject of metric measurements, to be fair I was taught in metric rather than imperial 50 years ago so it is little wonder that today's youngsters don't understand imperial.

As for calculators, When I did my OU Maths Foundation course we were not allowed to use calculators for standard computations. The reason being that 1/3 is accurate as far as a mathematician is concerned. 0.33 recurring is imprecise. So most things were done in fractions not decimal.
Was it not imperial 50 years ago. I am 57 and sure we used a 1 foot rule. Not a 30 cm one.

Also was working on daughter house and we measuring stuff. I would say 50 cm but she would say 500 mm.
I asked her to measure fence 4500 mm. I say 4 and 1/2 meters.
And they say. Dad how bigs 2 foot. And I forever saying. I rule is 1 foot Or 30cm. Try and guesstermate from that.
 

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I was taught feet. inches, yards, chains, furlongs, miles... also £, shillings and pence... then I had to learn decimal money.... RI was called Scripture, Maths was Arithmetic, proper schooling... and a caning or the strap if you misbehaved
 
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