Time has stopped

I’m sure all of us have experienced time stopping at some point in our lives. But when I think back, the most vivid memories of time stopping come from my time in school. And I’d be willing to bet money that that’s the same for the majority of people out there. Which says a lot about our schools, doesn’t it? The world is so fascinating and exciting, and there are so many interesting things to learn. I love to observe the endless curiosity in my kids, and the older they get, the more I get anxious about what school will be like for them.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not bashing teachers here. There are some really great teachers out there, but they are embedded in this incredibly rigid and change-resistant system. At least here where I live. It seems that we’re still dealing with the after effects of the Prussian education system, optimized on drilling future soldiers and factory workers rather than open-minded, curious, critical thinkers. Even though, especially in today’s world, it is so important to be flexible. It’s very likely that the jobs my kids will take up in a couple of decades haven’t even been invented yet. And I sure hope that they won’t be working jobs where time will be sliced into rigid segments, announced by a bell.

Anyway, I’m going off on a tangent again here! Sure looks like Chuck’s critical thinking and problem solving facilities are perfectly intact, haha!

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4 comments on “Time has stopped
  1. Magnus Danielson says:

    With both professional and hobby interest in time, GPS etc. and even educating on the many problems of operating GPS clocks, includiing being invited to come to Washington DC, let me tell you, so many users is at Chucks level of awareness, in fact, many do not even look at their clocks! Anyway, this is of great amusement. BTW, last year “Zulu” seemingly jumped 13,7 us.

  2. Quill says:

    I can relate to this in so many ways, particularly as a student in engineering school. At the moment I feel as though this institution has done everything in it’s power to destroy my love of engineering, make it as miserable as possible. Almost done… As for malfunctioning clocks, I’ve not had that issue with my watch in many years as I’ve used digital watches for a long time. Digital dies, analogue lies. Most of the analogue clocks in classrooms at my school are either not working at all or way off – the pilot in me really wants to stick a sticky note with “INOP” written on it on each of these. I also once put an analogue clock in my car, initially it worked but I’m guessing the gears inside stripped or something, first the hour hand stopped moving, then the minute hand so it was just the second hand spinning around – I then wrote “INOP” on it and unplugged it, later replaced it with a CHT gauge.

  3. Bernd says:

    GPS is no joke. If you really want to be worried, try to look up how many devices, even ones that have nothing to do with position, rely on GPS, Most of them just derive their time from GPS, e. g. cell phone towers, power plant control systems, radar. In other words, most system we think we can fall back on in case our GPS fails. Nope. Most of them will fail, too.

    Read and be scared: http://www.raeng.org.uk/publications/reports/global-navigation-space-systems

  4. Johsua says:

    You know what GPS stands for, right? Goof Proof System. Its all well and good until some goof comes along and proves everyone wrong.

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