Further proof that the end is nigh: a new study reveals that almost no child in Oklahoma City between the ages of 6 and 12 can read a clock.
"Yeah, I was super surprised," said Caitlin Carnes, who works for the Boys & Girls Club at Santa Fe South Elementary. "When I was growing up that was something that we learned. I don't know if that makes me old or not."
KFOR reports that Carnes is working to teach the children how to read analog clocks in an after-school program. The kids are struggling:
"I think the exposure to technology, everyone's so used to seeing digital," Carnes said. "They all have cell phones and tablets so they don't have to look at a clock very often that's analog."
Children rotated through three stations in the gym, making their own clocks, solving time problems and reading analog clocks.
In a school that has a majority Latino population, telling time is an especially critical skill, Carnes said, particularly when other cultures use 24-hour or "military" time systems.
"I think being able to give them that experience in English is going to help them in school," Carnes said. "It's going to help them with math, it's help they don't always get at home."
The Boys & Girls Clubs partnered with DiscountWatchStore.com to give each participant a special, time-teaching analog watch once the special session ended.
Worse, 150 students took a simple, 15-question quiz on time-telling. Only 31 passed. Your education dollars at work -- or not.