Learn to code, get a job

Story highlightsDouglas Rushkoff: Americans should be learning computer code the way we learn mathLearning to code teaches us what programs do, how they're used on us, he says A free Web-based interactive tutorial makes it possibleRushkoff: Programmers in demand; employers hire code-savvy workers from abroadThis week, New York's Mayor Michael Bloomberg tweeted his intent to learn computer code by the end of the year. He joined about 300,000 other people who have signed up at CodeYear to receive free interactive programming lessons each week from the Codecademy, a web-based tutorial. I am greatly relieved.

It's time Americans begin treating computer code the way we do the alphabet or