Although most Americans are sentimental towards the system they are most familiar with, there is no question objectively speaking, that the metric system is a vastly superior measurement system. The metric system is logically based on decimals that are easy to remember and calculate. In contrast, the current system in the United States is arbitrary with confusing numbers with no reason or pattern. Converting would be difficult for the current generation, but it would be beneficial in the long term.
We live in a globalized world. How can we compete for jobs in math and science when the rest of the world is using a different unit of measurement. We are taught it in school but if you don't use it you forget it. And as far as it being expensive to change all the signs it could be a bit of an economic booster
I went to school in the US and overseas. It took three full classes for our engineering design professor to go over scaling in the US using different rulers and calculators. Overseas it was more like a 30 min topic, because anyone can divide any number by 10, 100, 1000 or even 1000000.
If you still disagree, take a stopwatch and divide 862497531 by 12 to convert from in to ft without using calculator. Now convert that exact number in meters to kilometers by dividing by 1000. Compare the numbers on your stopwatch and make the conclusion yourself.
The English Measurement System is hindering the USA. International trade is hurt by the English system and other countries not wanting to deal with it. It can cause massive issues in designs (for example the 1999 NASA Mars rover incident). Thomas Jefferson even tried implementing a system similar to the metric system back in 1786 but congress voted it down due to lack of support, if the metric system would have been around then he would have most likely gone with it. Let’s stop being stubborn and get with the times. The argument “we are The United States of America, let’s stay with the American system” is largely flawed because our system is actually the English measurement system, key word being ENGLISH as in England/ Britain/UK not American. Our system is actually defined by the metric system anyway so let’s get rid of the complex, problematic equations and go metric. Not to mention the metric system actually makes sense and is easier to understand because it is based off of increments of ten.
The metric system is in powers of tens. On the other hand, the English system has crazy things. For example , from the tip of the king' s nose to his fingers is a yard, his foot is 12 inches. It causes headache for everyone especially students. Cut it out America! This is ridiculous. Make learning easier for students.
The rest of the world is already in metrics. We are already taught metrics in School so the conversion wouldn't be as hard as some people make it out to be. While we didn't grow up using it all the time and we can approximate a foot better than a meter, if we start now we could convert to metrics in a few years. I'm not saying by any means that it would be easy but it would help us eventually. If we convert then we wont have to learn annoying fractions in school, learn two systems, and it would be much easier to add by tens then by twelves. Metrics are also very easy to memorize and have a pattern milli, centi, deci, base unit, deka, hecto, kilo (base unit meaning having no prefix).
Okay, let's face it. Older adults and even younger adults don't like this change because they don't understand the units and it would be too much time to learn them. I agree with this statement, BUT if we teach them in our schools, the kids will learn them and in time they will be the older adults and the younger adults right? Then they will understand it as well as the younger generations. We shouldn't rush and waste money on it like what the first guy who opposed was saying. What I'm saying is that if we teach it from the bottom it will create a strong base that will soon be the top. And then the whole building will be structurally stable if you get my analogy. You always build from the bottom. Not the top or the middle.
I know it takes time and money but we don't have to do this instantly. We should at least all pitch in and help this nation go to metric. Switching is not simple. I know. But if we all help in some little thing we can achieve switching to Metric
Confusion about aspects of the imperial system of measurement has always been evident. Here in Australia as a school child I struggled with understanding the volume measurements and the very difficult inches with all the fractions associated with them. In Australia we also had problems when gallons were mentioned. There is even 2 types. Imperial and US gallons. When schools began teaching the metric system there was suddenly a easy to learn,clear and precise system. The only reluctance appeared to be from older adults. That still exists today. Now as a teacher of technical studies it is easy to explain measurement, despite the confusing appearance on rulers and tape measures of the old inches. These exist just so the Chinese made rules can be sold to the US. Students ask "why do we even have to deal with inches at all?" The answer makes them laugh when I explain that the biggest economy in the world is the only one using the system.
It must be difficult for manufacturers in the US to reconcile the border differences. I work part time in a hardware store and the bolt and thread differences make for a real can of worms, particularly with customers with little understanding of the Imperial measurement back ground.
Eventually I think the US will convert to the metric system. It will help economically and bring us to an even ground with the rest of the world. Not changing our measurement system could be viewed as stubborn and closed minded. Continuing to believe that 'Our way is the right way' makes the US seem pretentious and arrogant, even if we are just talking about measurements. The metric system should be the basis of learning measurements in schools. Though learning the Imperial system should be offered as well. Since how are we supposed to afford to convert every tool, nut, bolt, consumer product, traffic sign, etc in the US now? I agree with the above comment about building up new generations to learn the metric system. Eventually the US will convert to metric.
And I will show you a happy carpenter. It is easier to do fractions with the Imperial/British/Standard system than it is with the Metric system.
The Imperial Standard is usually done by binary, even the 12 inch ruler; every inch is broken down into 1, 2 (1/2), 4 (1/4), 8 (1/8), and 16 (1/16) - some might even go so far as 32 (1/32). These are indicated by tic marks on rulers and measuring tapes, thereby simplifying or nullifying any math work needed. Also this makes for easier repeated measurements. What is 1/2 of 12? 6. What is 1/4 of 12? 3. What is 1/3 of 12? 4. What is 1/6 of 12? 2.
8 ounces is 1 cup. 2 cups (or 16 ounces) equal a pint. 2 pints (32 ounces) equals a quart. 4 quarts (128 ounces - note 2 quarts is 64 ounces) equals a gallon. Very simple binary, and also very easy to break down the measurements.
Now looking at Metric. Base 10. Yes it is easy to go from meter to kilometer, gram to kilogram, etc. But really, outside of math class not many people will be doing this.
What is 1/2 of 10? 5. What is 1/4 of 10? 2.5. What is 1/3 of 10? 3.333333333333333... Find me 3.33333333333(never ending 3's here btw) on a ruler. Impossible! So you would then have to round down to just 3.3 and your measurement is already off. What is 1/6 of 10? 1.6666666666666 (again and impossible measurement on a ruler), rounding to 1.67 throws your measurement off.
Yes, Metric in a base 10 makes for going from smaller units to larger units rather simple. But when you start trying to use Metric in everyday applications for measuring you are going to fall short every time.
The U.S. Should keep the customary system because there was an attempt to change it into the metric system in the 70's but it didn't work because people and citizens who lived in the United States already adapted to living with the customary system. Although the metric system is used by most of the countries in the world, there are three countries that don't use the metric system because first, it is hard to change because people already are used to using it. Second, it would be expensive to make new measurement rulers, measuring cups, and etc. The US SHOULD STAY WITH THE CUSTMOARY SYSTEM
Honestly converting to the metric system would be such a struggle because it would be costly to the US. We would need to rethink the entire way of living. Think about it gas would be sold in ounces, food produce would be sold by ounce in stead of pound. Our sports would have to change there rules its a hassle. Why would we risk in a economic crisis when we are still recovering from a recession.
Why go through all the money and time and great confusion to fix a problem that isn't actually a problem? The only people that balk about us using the system that we do are non-Americans. I hardly believe our country should be held to the whims of what other countries think we should be doing.
One of the main problems with converting the US to the metric system is the amount of money it would take to replace everything in this country that is based on Customary. Car's speedometers, speed limit signs, exit signs; all are in Customary measurement. It doesn't seem like it would take that much to replace signs, let's say $10 for one sign, insignificant. But imagine how much it would cost to replace EVERY SINGLE SIGN IN AMERICA! It would simply require too much money to be put into it and would have no money coming out.
I don't think we should convert because it will cause to much confusion, and why change what doesn't even need to be changed? There is no point in us changing to the metric system because we are all already used to the system we have. Also, America has bigger problems and quite frankly we don't have that much money for us to use for the change. The metric system is pointless, and the USA should stay unique and keep the method we have.
I believe we should not change. I think this because there are a lot of other problems in the world and it costs way too much to change. We should focus more on obesity, global warming, Nature deficit disorder, war, poaching, education, and many other things. Also it would be confusing for elderly.
The metric system is too specific, you have to get every little point right! I'm okay with centemeters but milometers? Kilometers? Why should we change to get every little point right? Scientists can be specific but it sounds silly when you say "I'm 300 kilometers away from the super market!" Changing to the metric is just plain silly.
No we don't want to change to metric because Americans have been using the customary unit for a long time. It is an actual fact humans don't like to change. Customary is easier to estimate the size of an object for example "that mans foot is 14 inches long." rather than " his foot is 349 millimeters long.". It is also to costly to change to the metric because if we do we will have to get new gas pumps, change the weighing stations along the road, change the learning curriculum all to metric and so on. It is just not worth the effort that were going to have to do
We shouldn't change to the metric system because it is very confusing. It is also really expensive to change all the road signs in the US. We already tried changing to the metric system and it didn't end well. I think we should just stick to what we are using because it will take a lot of time to learn the metric system.