The time has come for the United States to adopt the metric system as the national standard for measurement, and for several good reasons:
- The Metric system has become the international standard, now used by 95% of the world.
- The Metric system is has been adopted as the standard language of medicine, science, and international commerce.
- The Metric system is easier to use and calculate conversions with.
While opponents of adopting the metric system have claimed that doing so would be prohibitively expensive, the fact is, America has been teaching both standards in schools for quite some time, so adopting the metric system as our national standard of measurement would likely involve little more than simply discontinuing the use of the Imperial system of measurements over a set period of time.
That’s not to say that adopting the metric system as our new national standard of measurement won’t require a degree of investment. Highway mile markers would need to be replaced, and kitchen and hardware tools built using the Imperial measurement system would need to be phased out.
However, the benefits and ease-of-use of the metric system not only far outweigh the costs and inconvenience of continuing the use of the Imperial standard, but also far outweigh the costs and inconvenience involved with adopting a new standard as well.