Why metric

OVERVIEW

Worldwide Use

Metric is the worldwide measurement language and English is the global business language. Most countries in the world use the metric system or are committed to change to it, as shown below.

That’s right, the three countries which are not using the metric system are Liberia, Myanmar and of course… the United States of America (via Wiki). Why is the United States so keen on preserving the imperial system? In short, Americans don’t hate the metric system – they hate change, just like the rest of world. But in an ever-connected world, can the USA afford not to line up to a standard that everybody else seems to adhere to? As we’ll learn, this resistance to change comes at a cost. At the same time, change also costs. The public opinion can be changed with a series of good metric promotion and education videos distributed over electronic media channels.

The project will be completed in six stages as follows: (1) Initiate education and promotion video contest with monetary prices for the best among high school students nationwide covering key elements of the metric system. (2) Distribute and publish the videos over mass media channels. (3) Gage public opinion polls for USA to change to the metric system each year until it favors us doing so. (4) When the public opinion polls favor the metric system, request the implementation of the metric system to government departments and trade groups. (5) Prepare detail plans for implementing the transition from 2018-2019. (6) Implementing required physical changes from 2020-2030.

 

 

 

 

Additional information about the metric system and how it relates to our customary Inch-Gallon-Pound system is available below:

Chapter 2 - International System of Measuring Units (SI)
Chapter 17 - Conversion Factors and Programs

The successful completion of this large project, depends on the American public wanting to change to the metric system. The first stage will therefore be to develop a series of education and promotion videos. The main goal of the site will be to educate and promote the use of the metric system in the United States. This project will also provide help to small and medium-sized businesses coping with implementing the metric system. The website will prominently display links to the foundation, corporate, nonprofit, and educational sponsors. Advertising will be offered on the site, and specific information on metric products, consultants, etc. will be available for purchase.

The first video - #1 – Metric Primer will provide a number of good reasons Why Metric and how the length-volume-mass units are all correlated in the metric system shown on the Liter Cube. The Liter Cube or the liter-box published by the Federal Highway Administration (Publication No. FHWA-SA-94-018) and it shows a lot of well-developed metric education material. The best videos will be awarded substantial cash prices. A series of Public Service Announcements (PSA) will be developed from the best videos.

All the education and promotion material developed will be made available free of charge to all interested parties such as public schools and universities and all news media channels. Some videos may require paid advertising and/or sponsors. Public opinion polls (Harris) will gauge the knowledge and acceptance of the metric system every year.

Education: This website will save millions in education of the metric system. It will make learning the metric system fun and easy, and it will put all one needs to know about the metric system in one file and computer screen with hyperlinks to further details and animations. Top quality education videos for all grade levels in public schools will be made available over the Internet.

The main purpose of the software will be to show how easy the metric system is, help teach it, and provide conversions from inch or metric to required units and accuracy selected. Sound will provide pronunciation of new metric terms. Some humorous animations and games will promote interest among children and help explain the simplicity of the metric system.

Time spent learning about fractions and how to use them in calculations is not required in the decimal based metric world. Different measurements units in the metric system are expressed with the help of prefixes which are in multiples of ten and may therefore be brought on the same units by simply moving the decimal point. No need to convert fractional inches into decimals and feet and yards into inches. A metric America will therefore help improve and simplify our education system, increase export of manufactured goods, simplify global communications, and help businesses compete in the international market.