Australia first changed to Metric in 1974 yet today we still have some industries who still work with imperial measurements.  This is despite the education system teaching only the metric system!   We have developed a "bastardised" system in some industries.  It is not unusual to hear talk of a motorhome 22 feet with a 3.0 litre engine.  or on a building site using timber 4" x 2" x 3.4metres long.  Education is a start but sometimes you have to wait until all the dinosaurs are full extinct before you can fully move on!

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Comment by charles h richardson sr on June 16, 2011 at 3:29am

keep upm the good work    charles

Comment by Kevin Crist on June 14, 2011 at 6:51am
When I was in school the US tried to convert or at least teach children the metric system. It was a complete and total failure. the reason you might ask? first the school I went to had no metric equipment (you know simple things like rulers, litre bottles, etc). All we were being taught was how to convert mathematically from imperial to metric. which by the way the teachers really didn't understand themselves and could not answer questions that students had because they weren't in the teachers editions. since then Iv've learned that converting is less important than just knowing that a milimeter is a millimeter just like a 1//4" is a 1/4" it's a size not a conversion.


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