View Poll Results: Should the US finally switch to the metric system?

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    Re: Should the US finally switch over to the metric system?

    Quote Originally Posted by akrunner88 View Post
    The metric system is far more efficient. It operates (for most measurements) in 10's. I think once American's got used to it, it wouldn't be such a big deal. We could convert to it within a generation.
    Except that people already know and are used to the Imperial system and the vast majority of people do not work with measurements enough or in complicated enough ways that it really makes a difference to them if there are fractions in their tools or that they have to remember 12 in in a foot or that 32 degrees is freezing. We already know these things. And we teach our children them since well before they start school. We measure them in feet, inches, and pounds. We talk to them and/or in front of them about temperatures in Fahrenheit. Then learning the metric system becomes like learning a new language in school. English is one of the hardest languages to learn, particularly of the Latin based languages by a person who doesn't have a first language based in Latin. But for us, for those of us who were raised with English as our first language, we fall back to English, teach our children English. The same is true for measurements. We fall back to what we are used to and/or what is easiest for us to accommodate to, and that is what we teach our children, even if we don't realize it. This is even seen in other countries that have switched over, like Canada and Australia. Their children are taught the standard system at home by their parents, because that is what their parents are used to, then they learn the metric system at school.

    Metric usage and metrication in other countries

    It looks as if it takes at least a generation to switch. And yes, our not switching does have some impact on why these other nations have trouble completely converting. However, the push for metrication in the US just isn't here. Even the government isn't willing to do what seems to be necessary, including pushing it and devoting the funding to it. We can't even get schools to agree to teach evolution and not to teach about God to their students and, in some extreme cases, Adam and Eve riding dinosaurs. A person needs to only look at what Texas school systems want to teach and do in fact teach in school to see how well trying to use our school systems to metricate our country would work.
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    Re: Should the US finally switch over to the metric system?

    Quote Originally Posted by akrunner88 View Post
    The metric system is far more efficient. It operates (for most measurements) in 10's. I think once American's got used to it, it wouldn't be such a big deal. We could convert to it within a generation.

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    Re: Should the US finally switch over to the metric system?

    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    Thanks, I know. Thing is I have to do the conversion in my head still. I don't THINK in C. I can think in meters, kilometers and liters.


    I imagine I'd get used to it eventually...
    The only reason I can think in oth C and F is because I now live in a C area...
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