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Should We Switch to the Metric System or Stay with Customary?

It has been an ongoing discussion topic, whether we should switch to the metric system or stay in the customary.

There are many good arguments on both sides. However, I believe we should stay in the customary for good reasons. For starters, we are used to having the customary system surround us and we use it everyday. Also, the change would cause us lots of money to convert our signs and units to metric. We have already taught many generations of our people in customary so if we switch to metric we would have to teach everything over again and it would get quite confusing.

Many people have the customary system used all around them everyday. It is what we see on our road signs. It is what we use for measuring. It is also what we use to know how much of a liquid we have in a bottle or how much we need to pour. How many times has this matter been discussed, and yet we are still in the customary system? We just can’t change from it. We are so used to it that changing to metric could have devastating effects on our everyday lives .We would have to attune to the new signs and measurements and it would be hard for us.

Also, switching to the metric would cost us a lot of money. The road signs would have to be changed. This would cost us a fortune! A fortune of about 200 million dollars! Congress has already eliminated a requirement that all road signs be in metric. This shows that the cost of changing to metric would be outstanding. No one wants to have this much money coming to them as taxes.

Another factor to look at would be having to teach the metric system to everyone. They would have to make people learn the metric when they are already used to the customary system. This would greatly confuse people. It may be useful for some measurement, but there is some trouble with temperatures in Celsius and other scenarios. It’s kind of like being taught a new language, but refusing to give up your old one. It just doesn’t happen. This is the same way with being taught the metric system. People don’t want to be giving up using the customary system. Therefore, it would be easier just to leave it how it is and not mess with it at all.

The right way to go would be to stay with customary. Switching to the metric would change our everyday lives, cost a whole lot of money, and would be a hassle to teach it in schools. All in all, staying with the customary is a good call.

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  1. Dan

    On December 7, 2007 at 11:15 pm


    Maybe that would make a good article.

  2. teh_cl04k

    On February 25, 2008 at 3:57 pm


    you guys are a freaking riot. haha

  3. Paul

    On August 9, 2008 at 8:52 am


    So it costs a trillion dollars or so to change….

    The problem is, it costs us about a trillion dollars a year to keep with our broken system. That means we make it back in one year. Whoops, doesn’t sound so expensive now does it?

    Most signs can be changed when they need to naturally be changed. For the ones that can’t, it’s not particularly expensive (as every other country that’s done it has shown).

    As for teaching, you can learn metric in a few hours (as opposed to the years it took to learn our customary system).

  4. yahoo

    On September 3, 2008 at 12:31 pm


    We should change because it is easyier and based on the number ten.

  5. squido

    On September 16, 2008 at 9:21 am


    I’m a kid in science trying to present an argument to not change, and I am going to win. This is very informal, good job. ^_^

  6. Vee Vee

    On October 29, 2008 at 11:36 am


    Hey,I have a quick question. Do you realise how many dissasters have been caused by messing up metric and english measurments? ALOT and esp in the areospace industry. This is a PROBLEM

  7. jessica

    On January 14, 2009 at 4:31 pm


    i think it was a vary good argument with lots of detales and well ritten very fluent in canging from one point to a nother but u could have put a aposing argument on there that would have toped it off. but it was still asom

  8. Josh

    On March 11, 2009 at 9:21 am


    I like pauls idea, can someone send me an email as to why it costs so much to keep our broken system? – josh.ramayrat@yahoo.com

  9. Brian

    On March 24, 2009 at 12:26 am


    Is changing signs the only reason why is cost so much money to change to the metric system?

  10. David76707

    On April 2, 2009 at 11:44 am


    i think it was a vary good argument with lots of detales and well ritten very fluent in canging from one point to a nother but u could have put a aposing argument on there that would have toped it off. but it was still asom
    ~LEARN HOW TO SPELL~

    The metric system is based on units of ten, how easy is that?
    Stop whinging about its gonna ruin your everyday life, afraid of change?
    It would be money well spent, piss easy to learn and teach, with one gerneration overlap. For the greater good…

    And its called the Imperial System

  11. alex filip

    On September 5, 2009 at 11:38 am


    this is very informational and very helpful.

  12. Alexa

    On September 14, 2009 at 9:53 pm


    the metric system is based on ten 10 how hard can it be i learned it in one period (40 minutes)

  13. Brenda

    On September 23, 2009 at 8:09 am


    David do you know how the hell to spell, JESUS!

  14. sopiko

    On September 28, 2009 at 2:37 pm


    Thanks a lot. It was really helpful.

  15. fart

    On February 4, 2010 at 6:45 pm


    A very intresting article

  16. Nathan

    On February 8, 2011 at 1:29 pm


    Yes, a negative speech would be useful and fun to read about. One thing changing to the Metric System will highly benefit is trade with other countries. It creates opportunity.

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