Should America be metric? 69 replies

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#1 10 years ago

How worth it is it to make the metric system the norm in the US? Discuss factors such as cost, practicality, foreign perception of Americans' knowledge of metric system, etc.




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#2 10 years ago

For years I have always believed that the metric system was far better then what we use now, but for some reason every one (in united states) loves to use inches, feet and yards.... for some reason? :confused:




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#3 10 years ago

AS far as I'm concerned, the only nice thing on the imperial system is the fac that just below 100 fahrenheit is the human body temperature.

Otherwise, metric is vastly superior.




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#4 10 years ago

It should be. Making the switch will be a long term positive change, while not making it is just digging a deeper hole.




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#5 10 years ago

It really bothers me when people get desperate trying to defend the system be equating it to making Spanish a second official language. From my experience it took students in middle school about a month to adjust to it. Unfortunately it has yet to spread from science class. It makes no sense why people prefer trying to remember all the arbitrary unit conversions.

I also don't understand the argument that it would somehow be detrimental towards the economy. Yes changing signs would be a one time expense, but we'd save a lot by avoiding confusion. Anyone remember that NASA mission where the engineers couldn't keep their metric and imperial units straight? Whoops, only a few hundred million dollars down the drain Granted that's more of an extreme example, but similar problems happen at the daily level for many companies.




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#6 10 years ago

Have they stopped teaching metric in schools?

When I was in school it was announced the US was going to go metric and we were taught both systems.

Most highway signs have miles and kilometers marked and my car has kph and mph measurements.

Ford quit calling the 302 such and renamed it the 5.0L in 1978. My 1981 Mustang has the same inline six engine the 1966 Mustangs came with except now its called a 3.3L

My tape measure has inches on one side and metric on the other. I had to pay extra to get a metric hammer.

We do still use gallons versus liters though.




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#7 10 years ago
Exploder;4210473How worth it is it to make the metric system the norm in the US? Discuss factors such as cost, practicality, foreign perception of Americans' knowledge of metric system, etc.

Our system currently in use is one of the best in history. Americans saved the Europeans from Hitler in WWII, and from Russia in the cold war, and part of this reason was because of how advanced we are in arithamacy.

I am a math teacher at a high school, and the imperial system has again and again proven to be the best system on record.

US perception of European countries is one of pity. They have a long way to go until they catch up to us, especially in the fields of science and math.




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#8 10 years ago
I am a math teacher at a high school, and the metric system has again and again proven to be the best system on record.

Excuse me? Is that going a bit against itself? You say that the metric system is superior, but uhm the US uses the imperial one...




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#9 10 years ago
wraithcat;4210715Excuse me? Is that going a bit against itself? You say that the metric system is superior, but uhm the US uses the imperial one...

Honest mistake.




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#10 10 years ago
BibleLover;4210708Our system currently in use is one of the best in history. Americans saved the Europeans from Hitler in WWII, and from Russia in the cold war, and part of this reason was because of how advanced we are in arithamacy.

Ironic that you mispellexc the word while preaching how smart we Americans are.

I am a math teacher at a high school, and the metric system has again and again proven to be the best system on record.

No argument there, I think its also easier to learn. And a reduction in the use of fractions, my hated enemy in math classes during my youth.

US perception of European countries is one of pity. They have a long way to go until they catch up to us, especially in the fields of science and math.

Yeah...that attitude isnt going to go very far in here before the predators start circling.

*Gets popcorn and a 2ltr of diet coke, hides in bunker to wait for the sparks to fly*