Eliminate the Customary System from Primary and Secondary Education

Eliminate the Customary System from Primary and Secondary Education

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Jared Deeds started this petition to Congress

In today's world, almost every country uses the metric system, which has become an international standard for measurement. One of the only three countries that still  uses the customary system as its primary unit of measurement is the United states. In order to modernize the United States, the archaic customary system must be replaced with the metric system. Benefits of converting to the metric system include:

  • Simplicity- Being entirely based on multiples of 10, the metric system is much easier to understand than the many units of conversion for the customary system.
  • Saves School Resources- If the customary system does not need to be taught in the education, it will generate more time and education that schools across America could use to teach other subjects, like foreign languages.
  • Already in our lives- The metric system has already become partially integrated into American culture, as it is present in high school track, cross country and swimming events, which are measured in meters and kilometers. There is also the metric system in everyday use, such as pop/soda bottles coming in liters.
  • Cost saving- Admittedly, converting to the metric system would require many manufactures to buy new, metric based machinery. However, it would also save costs in international trade, as the costs to convert products into metric units would be eliminated.

Though there are obvious benefits to eliminating the customary system, the process should not be immediate, as the US has proven its failures with conversion in the 1975 Metric Conversion Act. There is a certain sense of familiarity and attachment to the customary system, making its immediate obstruction improbable. Because people today generally like the customary system and will not let measurement be changed in America, the first step to converting to metric will have to be breaking the personal connections to the customary system, and education is the best place for this to occur. If schools do not teach the customary system, then each generation of students will gradually lose their ties to it. Slowly, these generations will come into power and begin passing legislation that converts the United States to the metric system. Critics of this idea may say that those not taught the customary system will not be equipped to function in America's customary-based society. However, it is not essential to know how to convert each customary unit in order to understand how to use them. When was the last time anyone was helped by knowing exactly how many feet were in a mile, or how many quarts are in the galleon of milk they just bought? The basics of the customary system do not require implementation in the education system, as the essentials can easily be taught to children by their parents or looked up online. To conclude, along with all other proposed benefits, converting America's education to only teach the metric system is the first step in guaranteeing modernization for all future generations, while not affecting those who currently use the customary system.

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