You’re getting confused. Resistance to sensible systems continues in a few backward countries around the world, but the Welsh Assembly has now agreed that:
[quote]Pupils should be taught to:
* understand and use the concept of place value in whole numbers and decimals, relating this to computation and the metric system of measurement
* understand and use decimals, ratios, fractions and percentages, and the interrelationships between them; understand and use negative numbers[/quote]
Of course, in the past it wasn’t so clear-cut. The Welsh used a system they called “sheep” for measuring things, which was a bit confusing because all the measurements had to be figured out in context. Were you talking about how much it weighed, how much space it took up, how far you had to chase it to get satisfaction, how long the satisfaction lasted, and as a unit of currency?
So, Almas John weighs about two sheep(weight). While his sister lives about two sheep(distance) from me. Both of them can drink a couple of sheep(volume) of beer, but Almas can drink an entire sheep(volume) in less than a sheep(time). I once bet him a lamb he couldn’t run a sheep in less than a sheep, but he chickened out. As you can see, it’s a pretty unwieldy system, and it’s complicated by the lack of vowels, so it has now been supplanted by the metric system as Wales tries to catch up with the modern world.
Searching for the above quote I found the following gem, which is hopefully a sign of things to come in the land which time has apparently forgotten:
[quote]In 2001 Julian Harman, of Camelford, was ordered to pay costs for selling Brussels sprouts by the pound while John Dove, now of Mevagissey, was ordered to pay court costs for selling mackerel at £1.50 a pound…
Thoburn, from Sunderland, was fined for selling bananas by the pound while Hunt, of east London, was given a 12-month conditional discharge for pricing pumpkins by the pound…