Ah, knowledge. I remember being in second grade and having to learn English and Spanish in a single year. Spanish being my native language I was having a difficult time trying to learn vocabulary and punctuation, specially for those Spanish words with accents. To make matters worse the introduction of measurements in mathematics was just overkill for my spongy little brain. Learning basic mathematics wasn't too hard just tedious, but I did ended up flunking second grade anyway. Looking back at it, I'm glad I did.
Entering sixth grade I can safely say I was ahead of my classmates when it came to overall knowledge. By mid year they removed me and placed in a AP English and Reading class. Never liked those subjects but, was really familiar with them.
Didn't have many friends outside of school as our neighborhood was part of a major gentrification project near the Galleria area. There must have been less than five house left on our block by the time we moved out. Which just drove my passion to figure out how stuff works. I recall cars as being a major influence in technology and engineering. Second, was Nintendo!
Bookie, did I love my video games, radio, and computers. Reversed engineered anything I could lay my hands on. By age 11, I was building my own Tesla coils, amplifying radios, upgrading brushless motors, dismantling computers, and minor coding. My love for science flourished into a fractal explosion of curiosity.
Next thing I know, I was glued to NOVA, PBS, and Bill Nye to name a few. Having no cable also helped being glued to those particular shows too.
Of course, science class was my strongest subject, yet my grades proved otherwise.
I had reached a mental road block due to the mathematics in junction with science. Finding myself utilizing too much energy on conversions between the Metric and Imperial systems. Seating here reminiscing the countless hours of homework and classwork on just converting between the two. When all that time could of been spent emphasizing on the material itself.
WHY? WHY HAVE TWO DIFFERENT SYSTEMS OF MEASUREMENT!?!
Besides the laws and pre-written material for learning.
In lamest terms, AMERICA needs to swallow their arrogant pride and wake the fuck up! It's driving the youth of this country away from science and technology. In 2015, it was estimated that it would cost the American tax payers a mere 370 million dollars to change to a metric system. The investment would easily be payed off in just a few years. While we spend endless amount of money in defense which up to this point has been nothing but a waste of time and resources. Asia's current generation has already proven itself as the current leader in technology and the gap is only getting bigger.
I can fuel this rant, but its only pissing me off, so I'll just leave it at that.
Wake the fuck up AMERICA!