For many years I have struggled with the inadequacy of our educational system to address long-standing cultural norms which fly in the face of scientific and rational thought. There are many issues to which I could point in example of this, but the most obvious one is dealing with systems of measurement. Although I commend our educational advocates for their steady, though ineffectual attempts to implant the ideals of the metric system in the minds of our children, I cannot help but feel that the inadequacies of these attempts stems from a lack of thoroughness and inconsistencies within the attempt.
Although most children do not begin measuring baking soda, two by fours, cyanide and uranium at a young age it cannot be ignored that from a very young age these impressionable minds are melded by the most illogical, inane and out of date measuring system of all. I speak, of course, of the confusing and antiquated way by which we measure time in our modern world.
The beauty of the metric system is that there is one base unit for every form of measurement. Every measurement after the base unit is simply a multiplication of the base unit. Think for a moment, however, about what the base unit is for measuring time.
Ok. So the base unit for measuring time is the Year, or the amount of time it takes for the earth to travel around the sun.
Cool. But wait. We also have days, or the amount of time it takes for the earth to revolve around it’s own axis. And what relation does this unit have to the base unit of the year? Well there are almost, but not quite, 365 “days” in one year.
But it’s not quite confusing enough yet. These” days” are split into 24 equal sub-units called “hours.” However, the “hours” are split into two sets of twelve each, these sets referred to as “AM” and “PM.”
It gets even more confusing. Seven “Day” units are strung together to make one “week” unit. These “Week” units have no correlation to the twelve “Month” units which are put into one “Year” Unit. The “Month” units are comprised of 31, 30, 29, or 28 “Day” units, it just depends.
Confused? I think it’s obvious that children growing up under this bewildering system are not likely to understand the importance of logical measurement systems, not when a system of bewildering illogic is thrust on them continually.
This is a problem that demands a solution. And I believe that one presents itself quite readily.
First, we need to focus on one base unit from which to measure our other units. The most scientifically viable base for our current situations is obviously the “year”, for reasons I delve into at a later date, and so the “year” should be our base unit for measuring time. But given the confusing nature of the word and our current system it is probably best to leave the word behind. I propose using the unit of time it takes for the earth to travel around the sun as the base unit for measuring time, and calling this base unit a “Chron.”
Cutting the Chron into smaller more manageable units should be a simple task, we simply need to divide it by ten, and keep dividing into smaller and smaller units ad infinitum.
It’s simple. it’s concise. It avoids all of the problems of confusion brought about by our current system. Once we live in a world measured by reason we have taken the first steps towards a world governed by reason.