Metric is inevitable for the United States! History tells us that countries have only switched to metric, none the other way (except for temporary reversions). The U.S. remains in the midst of metric transition as measurement changes are made in various sectors of the economy. Therefore, guidance for proper metric usage is especially important for teachers/instructors, who should also know our metric history and status.
The U.S. “missed the boat” in the 1970s when the rest of the English-speaking world converted to metric. That was a time when the metric system was being taught in schools, and metric was intended to replace our former units in most aspects of daily life. However, the lack of firm deadlines for conversion has hindered progress towards metric. Therefore, the U.S. remains the only major industrial nation not using the metric system.
The voluntary (slow) path that the U.S. chose to follow is why we are still struggling with metric transition. Most people are surprised when they learn of the large number of consumer products and services that already use metric units. But the change would be more obvious if it included road signs and weather reports.
Goals and Target Audience:
This lecture presents the current status of the metric system adoption by the U.S., where the change is currently taking place, and where it will likely take place in the future. Most Americans do not realize the extent of metric usage in the world, how much metric is already widely used in the U.S., and that metric is inevitable for the U.S.
Faculty and staff - as teachers, instructors, and leaders - need to be knowledgeable of the history and status of the U.S. transition to metric. This PowerPoint lecture, with imbedded humor, explains what resources are available for proper metric usage and encourages participants to be part of the metric transition, not part of the problem.