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Offline Eric Bosworth

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What is taught in schools
« on: September 27, 2017, 03:45:46 pm »
In a discussion of top bar width we got on a tangent that caused Michael Bush to post this:
When I was in grade school they tried to prepare us for the metric system.  They did this by making us convert back and forth... by hand... on paper.  The end result of this was to convince us that the metric system was very complicated and a lot of work.  Of course this is not true.  When I took chemistry and physics, of course, we did everything in metric and it was simple.  We just measured it with metric instruments...  When the law was about to go into effect that we HAD to go on the metric system, I was working as a carpenter.  The old carpenter I worked with was saying how much work it was going to be to convert all of the measurements back and forth.  I tried to explain to him, you just buy a metric ruler and measure everything in metric and the blueprints, once we all go to metric, will all be done in metric.  There is no converting back and forth.  As it is just doing imperial without converting to metric, I'm constantly converting fractional inches into decimal inches to do math and then changing back after the math.  Or feet into fractional feet and then converting to inches... It is a real pain.  It's also the reason a REAL rafter square has one side with tenths of an inch on it...

They TAUGHT us to hate the metric system by how they tried to teach it.
This becomes one of my biggest issues with our public education system. Who decides what should be taught? In Michael's case they clearly taught the idea that the metric system was a bad idea simply because of the conversions. He is correct in saying that there is no need to convert from imperial to metric and back but clearly this was a designed attempt to stifle the metric conversion. But What about other things that are clearly taught in our schools? The liberal bias comes to mind. When I worked in a school there were a few teachers that clearly wanted to teach liberalism in it's current state rather than its roots in liberty. One teacher comes to mind who had his class read Animal Farm so he could teach about Marxism. There was no counter teacher that was there to say "the idea of Marxism is good however idealism and realism are not the same and Marxism has proven to fail every time it has been tried." The idea of the government deciding what should be taught is scary to me.
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Re: What is taught in schools
« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2017, 04:46:32 pm »
I do most of the grocery shopping in our home and am constantly irritated by markets charging so much a pound for something, but weighing it as 1.7 pounds, for example.  In other words, they've mongrelized the weight system instead of going to metric, so I had some idea what I'm buying. 
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Re: What is taught in schools
« Reply #2 on: September 28, 2017, 08:38:17 am »
The failure of the metric system had nothing to do with the way it was taught.  Clearly, anyone that has used it knows it is so much easier to work with.  Manufacturers did not want to incur the cost of retooling.  Today more cars are made to the metric system then the British system.  The auto industry is always in the state of retool so they didn't incur any cost.  If you look at the canning industry most of it is metric.  They used it to downsize the can.  America is just backward thinking.  We just need more liberals to move forward again.  LOL
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