Most readers of this site are Americans, and for this column, I am primarily talking to Americans. Of course, everybody is welcome to read and enjoy it, but Americans will have the most to think about. I am wondering, as Americans, why aren’t we using the metric system for our measurements and such? I remember when I was a kid in Elementary School, we used to study the metric system, and I remember our teachers telling us that we needed to learn that, because our country would convert to using the metric system in the near future, but it never happened. As a matter of fact, after only a few years of learning the metric system, it even seemed to disappear from our schools. I wonder if it is even taught in American Schools today. Does anybody know?
Funny thing is, for any American who moves abroad to another country, you will almost certainly need to start using the metric system. Did you know that there are only 3 Countries in the world that are not using the metric system? What Countries are they?
- United States
What great company we are in! Myanmar, formerly Burma is the country that has recently experienced political violence when the Monks rose up and tried to protest peacefully for freedom. A lot of them were killed for that. Liberia often follows what the USA does – it is a country that was founded by freed slaves from the USA back in the 19th Century. Every other country in the world has adopted the Metric System as their system of measurement. Why haven’t we?
Aside from having some very cursory education in the metric system during my younger childhood years, I really had no exposure to the metric system in daily life before moving to the Philippines. When we moved here, it was kind of shocking and kind of a nuisance to suddenly be confronted with things like temperatures in Celsius, weights in Kilograms, highway distances in Kilometers and such! What was this all about? 🙂
But, you know what? After a couple of years of living surrounded by the metric system, I am pretty comfortable with it now. If somebody asks me how far a place is, I would rarely tell them it’s 10 Miles now, I would instead tell them that it’s 15 Kilometers. Whenever I have visitors from abroad in town, you don’t need to ask what country they are from – if they look at you funny when you tell them that it is 25 degrees C today, they are Americans! 🙂
I find some real advantages to using the metric system too! You know, I am a big guy, I weigh 300 pounds. I like the thought better that I weigh 135 Kilos instead! Honestly, though, it is a real advantage to get a grip on the metric system, so that you can converse with people from all over the world without a hitch.
For my fellow Americans, do you realize that the metric system is actually creeping into the USA and has been for years? No? Next time you are at the grocery store and buy a 2 Liter bottle of soda, think about that!