Wednesday, January 15, 2014

got the time?


How do you tell time?

How do get the time? 

Look at your phone? 

Call Time and Temperature?  

Google it?



Do you know what a clock face is?

Can you tell time by looking at the hands and face of a clock?

What if it has no numbers?


I saw this math clock in the dorm room at North Georgia College when I visited my niece. Makes you stop and think, doesn't it!

The big hand is on the… remember learning to tell time, I think it was in 3rd grade. Yes, way before digital clocks. 

Is it obsolete now? 

Does the younger generation even know how to tell time? 

Does it matter?

I type medical reports and recently typed 'the mass was in the 2 o'clock position in the breast' - which made me think, do they teach this in medical school - how to tell time so the physician will know what the radiologist is talking about? 

This week the news talked about the SAGE test: The Self-Administered Gerocognitive Exam (SAGE) is designed to detect early signs of cognitive, memory or thinking impairments. It evaluates your thinking abilities and helps physicians to know how well your brain is working.

I checked it out, it looks pretty easy. One of the questions: 
Drawing test
- Draw a large face of a clock and place in the numbers
- Position the hands for 10 minutes after 11 o’clock
- On your clock, label “L” for the long hand and “S” for the short hand

Probably the old folks who will be taking this test will have no problem with it, but I wonder about the younger generation? Maybe I will give this test to my grandkids… J

...if they have the time


is the ability to tell time is going the way of cursive writing- another 3rd grade lesson that is becoming obsolete


5 comments:

Gypsy Quilter said...

I just ask Micky. When both of his arms are pointing straight up, I know it's lunch time. The most important time of the day!

Eddie said...

My oldest son tells me that wearing a watch, unless you are wearing it for fashion, or checking with it is passe'. I don't know about about that, I do know time keeps rolling on whether we want to recognize it or not - like my wife has a hair appointment at 11:30, I wonder what the reaction is if she just wanders in any old time today. Or if you are not going to keep up with the time, why bother with keeping up with the calendar also? And I have a doctor's appointment next week - I might go today instead. Also there is a movie we would like to see at the theater - We might want to go when we first wake up near day break.

nursebarb said...

It is sad. I see it in my kids too. The teenagers have it down but the 8 year old has no idea how to tell time on a face clock. Also, the art of letter writing is lost. I think about the letters I found in the attic at my grandparents farm house. Letters exchanged while he was away in WWII. They were beautiful and talked about so much history! Our grand children will never know the joy of finding these things

Sounds of Knoxville Theatre said...

Our doctor's office now gives a Wellness Test for seniors when we go for our annual physical. The SAGE clock drawing is one of the things we have to draw. I have done good so far in the two times I have had to draw the clock! I bet a lot of our grandkids couldn't do it.
Joanne Wallace

Paula, the quilter said...

It is the difference between analog (face clock) and digital. It is a bit like block printing and cursive. I have to stop before I start ranting.