Growing up in Sweden, we learnt English as our second language.

We also had a third language and we got to choose between German and French. Personally, I took German lessons for no obvious reason at the time, but years later I ended up living in Munich, Germany, where I sure made good use of my stellar beer-ordering-skills1.

That was then. Today is now.

And we can do better. We could all just learn code. And all schools could teach kids how to code.

Code Is Poetry

You don’t have to be a genius to read. So why should you have to be a genius to code?

Code is the universal global language that allows you to convey your ideas across borders. Code is poetry.

It allows you to build whole universes.

It allows you to make your voice heard.

It teaches you how to think.

If I’m lucky enough to have kids some day, I will definitely teach them how to code.

Go check out code.org today!

Photo by Fotis Fotopoulos on Unsplash.

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  1. I do love Paris, but I’m not sure that I would get better service if I spoke French.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Given some of the reactions on Twitter recently, I would like to add something to the discussion:
    Personally, I’m terrible at code. I can’t do database stuff at all. I got a pretty firm grasp of how html works, but basic html isn’t very complicated. I’ve also managed to do some stuff of my own when it comes to php and css, which really is just a way of using html more efficiently across a site, meaning you don’t have to replicate code for every page manually.
    What I know about code really is kids’ stuff. That might be difficult to understand, but it’s actually stuff that could be learnt at the age of seven.
    But even i f I know very little, it still really helps me express myself creatively and intellectually to anyone who wants to listen. And if there are just a few people interested in listening, and maybe add to the discussion, this phenomenon of ‘influence’ occurs. Just by knowing a very little about how code works.
    So, I’m not talking about turning all future kids into programmers the way we think about programmers today.
    It’s not like everyone needs to sit down with a text editor crunching lines of code onto a blank piece of paper and then plugging that software into a computer to see if it runs. Most of us will have sufficiently support from other softwares helping us with the (at least for some of us) mundane tasks of actually writing the actual code.
    As long as we understand how it works, we could build upon others’ hard work and have an extensive freedom creatively.
    An an analogy, we’re very dependent on vehicles in our society, so of course we need people who can build and fix them. And that doesn’t have to be everyone. However, just because you can’t build a car or fix an engine, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be allowed to learn how to operate one.
    The internet and technology really is that important to us, today and in the foreseeable future. It’s simply too important to allow only for the ones who know how to build and fix it to be able to also operate it while the rest just acts as passengers.

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