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How America Can Convert to the Metric System
Everyone in the World Uses the Metric System Except the US - Isn't It Time We Learned How?
Making Metrics Simple
The United States is the only country left in the world that does not use the metric system as its primary system of measurement and mathematics. While other countries may use a local system of measurement for some tasks, all of the other nations in the world have adopted the metric system as their official system. Consequently, our students in the United States operate at a disadvantage in math, science, technology, medicine, manufacturing and engineering.
Recently, my husband wanted to replace the battery in our old Mercedes. Two of the four bolts holding in the battery needed to be removed with a metric tool. The other two needed to be removed with American tools that had a 1/2 inch dimension. My husband was grumbling the whole time, "This is a German car. Why aren't all the bolts metric?" He also told me he completely agreed that we should completely convert this country to the metric system.
What makes our Imperial System of feet, quarts, and miles even more inconvenient is the fact that eventually our young people must learn the metric system anyway, whether they are working in a factory or a hospital. Nearly all tools, medications, and many other products are measured using metric. Teaching two completely different measurement systems to our children is such a waste, and completely unnecessary. Our money is already based on the metric decimal system and few people have trouble learning about money, Teaching the metric system from the beginning would be so easy for our children.
With very little effort, we could completely convert the United States to the metric system. Over the period of a decade we could begin to stop teaching the Imperial System and only focus on the Metric System from the moment our students enter school. Signs, including speed limits and gas pumps, could display the conversion for ten years, until Americans became used to them. For those who want more detailed conversion information, there are plenty of conversion tables and electronic conversion calculators available. Using the tools shown below, the United States could quickly and conveniently convert to the metric system and help put our students on an even par with students in other countries.
Take a moment to see all the metric system products that are already available to us. Many multi-national companies are already prepared to lead the way. For example, check out the Amazon products shown below. Once we Americans decide to make the conversion, more products would become available within weeks, since they are already being manufactured around the world.
(Photo of metric tape measure courtesy of Amazon.com)
Metric Cook Books
One way to help convert this country to the metric system is to provide cook books that are written using metric measurements. One way to do this is to simply order a cookbook from England, Australia or any other English speaking country that uses the metric system.
There are also a few cookbooks you can order for sale on Amazon that identify themselves as using metric measurements. The ones shown below are a good place to start in teaching yourself to use metric measurements.
Metric Kitchen Tools
In order to help Americans convert to the metric system, they will need to pick up a few new kitchen tools, such as metric measuring cups and spoons. If you intend to begin using metric measurements in your cooking, you will find some of these kitchen tools will be very helpful.
However, before you throw out your old kitchen supplies, you will need to look closely at them. Many of our current measuring cups already show the metric measurements on them, too!
Using the Metric System
Hopefully, by now, you are beginning to see that the metric system can be just as easy to use and is even more convenient than the Imperial System we currently use.
In fact, most of us already use the metric system some of the time without giving it a second thought. As mentioned before, our money is based on the metric decimal system. In addition, most of us have purchased a two-liter bottle of soda at some point in our lives without ever wondering how many quarts it contained.
We already use metric tools and buy medications, including over-the-counter drugs, that have been measured out in grams. Americans who travel to other countries are usually able to quickly understand how the metric system works, whether they are applying it to the speed limit or purchasing a bottle of wine.
Americans are able to learn the metric system and can regain the lead we once had in math and science.
Metrics and Our Educational System
Whether today's students want to grow up to repair automobiles or they want to become doctors, they eventually must learn the metric system. However, rather than teaching them metrics from preschool through high school, as they do in other countries, we start out teaching our American students about inches, feet, quarts and miles. While the metric system is based on units of ten, which are easy to multiply and divide, we force our children to learn an inconsistent set of numbers. For example, there are twelve inches in a foot, three feet in a yard, thirty-six inches in a yard, four quarts in a gallon, etc. It can take our children years to learn and remember all these different numbers, and many never completely master this system. While young children in other countries know that there are 1000 meters in a kilometer, few Americans know how many feet or yards are in a mile.
Measurement of all kinds are so much easier when we use the metric system. Forcing our kids to learn the Imperial system almost seems like a punishment.
A digital kitchen scale that will help you weight out the correct about of food.
Liter Measuring Containers
In addition, Americans will need liter measuring cups and other containers. This shouldn't be hard for Americans to adjust to, since most of us have bought sodas in two-liter bottles. Once we own the proper storage containers, switching to the metric system will be easy.
Of course, when American eventually converts to the metric system, everyone will need a meter stick. They aren't much different than a yardstick, so I know everyone will adjust quickly to using them.
As you can see, the items that Americans will need to make the conversion are not very expensive ... a few measuring devices and we're all set.
Metric Tool Kits
Many people already have metric tool sets. However, if you don't have what you need already, here are a couple of sets that may meet your needs.
Currently, my husband has to have a set of metric tools and well as American tools so that he can make minor repairs on our cars. Once we convert to the metric system, guys who like to do their own repairs would find that life is much easier when they just need to own one set of tools.