From time to time, I try to recommend websites that I have found expanded my world. Most of the time, the sites I’d feature would be web comics like Bug Martini or Arlo and Janis on Jimmy Johnson’s blog.

But occasionally I come across website blogs that just dare me not to pass them on and that is what this post is about.

Bill Gates GatesNotesBill Gates is a billionaire. In fact, he is a billionaire 84 times over and is acknowledged as the world’s richest man. But wealth is not knowledge or wisdom and Gates is no exception to that rule. He is not the smartest man in the world, but he is one of the most engaged philanthropist in the world and that makes his blog worth reading. Whether Gates is discussing how U.S. foreign aid makes a positive difference in the world or mapping the end of malaria, his writings are thought-provoking and worth reading regardless of your station in life.  Bill Gates’ personal blog, GatesNotes, is worth spending some time on.

At the other end of the wealth spectrum is Tacoma, Washington teacher Nate Bowling.  Mr. Bowling was the Washington State 2016 Teacher of the Year and a National Teacher of the Year NateGibbsBowling_0finalist.  He calls himself a “nerd farmer” and is proud of the title. His stated goal is to inspire a passion for scholarship and learning in his students. He is clearly successful. His blog, A Teacher’s Evolving Mind,  is a personal statement about issues that effect his students and the citizens of Tacoma.  Last year, he was featured on Bill Gates’ blog as he explained how he uses the original Star Wars trilogy movies to help his students understand the three landmark moments in the history of America’s civil rights movement.  He came to national attention after he published a blog piece entitled, The Conversation I’m Tired of Not Having. That post was a blunt look at  the racial divide in America’s public schools. It’s easy to get engaged with this blog because Nate Bowling is engaging.

Add these two blogs to your must read list and you won’t be disappointed.

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