Code.org LogoCenturies ago, students were taught the “Three Rs” in school – Reading, wRiting, and aRithmetic.  That phrase was first published in the peak of the Industrial Revolution during the early 1800s, and those three skills along with a strong work ethic would carry a person far.  Nowadays school districts are abandoning cursive handwriting instruction for typing classes and there are few career fields left that do not require a strong computer competency.

The funny thing is, according to Wikipedia, the “Three Rs” were originally coined in 1795 as:

  1. Reading and Writing
  2. Reckoning and Figuring
  3. Wroughting and Wrighting

In addition to “Reading and Writing” and “Reckoning and Figuring”  (read: math), “Wroughting and Wrighting”, the ability to produce a tangible product was considered extremely important.  Then along came the industrial revolution and almost all “wroughting” and “wrighting” jobs moved into large factories and squeezed the little guys out of business.

Today the ability to build something with ones own hands is no less important, but with the technology available to us it’s so much easier to create something new.  With a computer, a desire to solve a problem, and an Internet connection anyone can change the world by creating a new application, putting on the Internet, and instantly exposing their product to 7 billion people with a few clicks of their mouse.

The only problem is most people have no idea how to make computers do what they want.  Luckily, a few really smart (and mostly rich) people have come up with a solution:  code.org, a website where people of all ages can learn for FREE how to create computer programs.

Watch the video above (it’s well worth the five minutes) and let me know what you think in the comments below.