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Do you think class schedules should be in military time?

TheAverageJoe71TheAverageJoe71 8 replies41 threads Junior Member
I personally think it would be awesome if college class schedules were in military time. I love military time. I personally just find it easier, and it just makes more sense to me. I even set my phone and watch to military time.
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  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus 85298 replies761 threads Senior Member
  • intparentintparent 36292 replies644 threads Senior Member
    Time is time, whether it is 1:00 pm or 13:00. Some schools do use it. If you are so entranced, maybe you should consider a military academy. :) One thing I don't like is that it is confusing on many college scheduled to tell Tuesdays from Thursdays. For brevity, they often use "T" for Tuesday, and "R" for Thursday. The number of college freshman who have been thrown off by this, and missed or tried to attend on the wrong day is quite large. It is demoralizing your first week of college to have this happen -- colleges should use "Tues" and "Thur" instead.
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  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus 85298 replies761 threads Senior Member
    Some use Tu for Tuesday and Th for Thursday.
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  • intparentintparent 36292 replies644 threads Senior Member
    Yes, but some still use T & R.
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  • MaineLonghornMaineLonghorn 43001 replies2311 threads Super Moderator
    Well, I think most Americans prefer am and pm. When I was in Beirut last month, I kept having to translate military time to "regular" time and it was confusing.

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  • suzyQ7suzyQ7 5209 replies66 threads Senior Member
    I hate military time!
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  • TomSrOfBostonTomSrOfBoston 16082 replies1082 threads Senior Member
    McGill uses "military time" in all its schedules.
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  • 84stag84stag 266 replies11 threads Junior Member
    Most of the world uses a 24-hour clock. It's only called "military time" here. It's simple and avoids any confusion. Just like the metric system, college students should learn things outside their bubble.
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  • gouf78gouf78 8043 replies25 threads Senior Member
    We should be on the metric system too.
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  • bjkmombjkmom 7948 replies160 threads Senior Member
    edited August 2018
    Right. But most of the kids who attend college here are from here.

    I can't see a whole lot of kids being confused by the times their classes meet-- "9 am" is pretty universally understood to mean 9 in the morning.

    With all the things that colleges could consider changing, this one would never even make my radar. And there are so many things I would want college kids to learn-- plenty of "outside their bubble" things on the list before this one.

    I see your point. But it's not something I ever see happening.
    edited August 2018
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  • MaineLonghornMaineLonghorn 43001 replies2311 threads Super Moderator
    Switching to the metric system comes WAY before switching time designations!!

    I'm an engineer and SO tired of adding up dimensions all day like 3'-5 1/16" + 8'-8 7/8". It's ridiculous.
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  • TomSrOfBostonTomSrOfBoston 16082 replies1082 threads Senior Member
    Canada switched to the metric system starting in 1974. It was a multi year process. The US was going to watch the conversion, learn from any mistakes, and then begin the conversion here. Well, that never happened.
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  • MaineLonghornMaineLonghorn 43001 replies2311 threads Super Moderator
    ^Yeah, I remember learning metric in high school and they promised that we would be using it as adults. Sigh.
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  • TomSrOfBostonTomSrOfBoston 16082 replies1082 threads Senior Member
    Yet for some odd reason the soda industry went metric: 2 liter bottle of Coke etc.
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  • bjkmombjkmom 7948 replies160 threads Senior Member
    I think that was a matter of cost-- they could charge for a 2 liter what they used to charge for 2 quarts, and no one was the wiser.
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  • skieuropeskieurope 42310 replies8428 threads Super Moderator
    edited August 2018
    I think that was a matter of cost-- they could charge for a 2 liter what they used to charge for 2 quarts, and no one was the wiser.
    Actually the liter size sodas have been around since the 1970's and began as a result of PepsiCo predicting (wrongly) that metric was the wave of the US future and made the change it its line. Other brands joined around the time of the Metric Conversion Act of 1975, figuring that was the future. Ooops.

    Wine and liquor are also packaged in metric containers, but beer, for some reason, is still in ounces.

    Also note, the original question is incredibly American-centric (well, Canada says military time as well). The rest of us call it 24-hour time. :) And 24-hour time is really what the OP is asking since military time, by definition, does not use a colon.
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  • suzyQ7suzyQ7 5209 replies66 threads Senior Member
    "Switching to the metric system comes WAY before switching time designations!!"

    Agree!
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  • TomSrOfBostonTomSrOfBoston 16082 replies1082 threads Senior Member
    When was the last time a politician mentioned metric conversion? They have a lot of other fish to fry.
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  • jym626jym626 58019 replies3044 threads Senior Member
    Yes, seems they are just inching along (and we’d lose that expression..)
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  • TomSrOfBostonTomSrOfBoston 16082 replies1082 threads Senior Member
    edited August 2018
    @jym626 Somehow centimetering along doesn't have the same ring to it. :D

    Oddly watching the BBC I have heard some use miles for distance at times.
    edited August 2018
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