Bill Bullard was the Dean of Faculty at San Francisco University High School until 2007, when he left to work in Washington D.C.
He is known for his 2007 commencement speech at San Francisco, which many students cite as their favorite memory of high school.
Let us see some of his interesting quotes.
“The highest form of knowledge is empathy.” – Bill Bullard
“The three-judge panel… missed or misunderstood numerous key aspects of this case.” – Bill Bullard
“Opinion is really the lowest form of human knowledge. It requires no accountability, no understanding. The highest form of knowledge… is empathy, for it requires us to suspend our egos and live in another’s world. It requires profound purpose larger than the self kind of understanding.” – Bill Bullard
“Schools teach us to be clever, great problem solvers, but not to include ourselves in the problem that’s being solved. This is a great delusion. It makes us arrogant and complacent and teaches us to look at the world as a problem outside of us. As in Oedipus, public problems – the plague on Thebes or our own pestilences, war or global warming – are private problems. The plague is only lifted when each person sees his responsibility not in analyzing the problem, not in solving the riddle, but in changing our actions to address a public need. Oedipus destroyed the two things that had deceived him – his eyes and his power – and in so doing saved his city.” – Bill Bullard
“We are dealing with a disease that has devastated the cattle industries in other countries and that has already cost the U.S. cattle industry billions of dollars in lost beef exports.” – Bill Bullard
“Schools, especially good ones…that so emphasize student’s voice, teach us to value opinion. This is a great deception. The opinion is really the lowest form of human knowledge; it requires no accountability, no understanding. The highest form of knowledge, according to George Eliot, is empathy, for it requires us to suspend our egos and live in another’s world. It requires a profound, purpose‐ larger‐than‐the‐self kind of understanding.” – Bill Bullard
“Schools teach students to seek the approval of their teachers. Indeed, for all of our differences, this is one area that parents and teachers share; we are wired or we are hired to believe in you, to approve you, to prevent or mitigate the experiences of disappointment…Try to correct this in two ways. First seek people, work for people who don’t have to like you, people who can easily disapprove of you, people that you can’t easily please. Their skepticism or indifference will define you. Second, if you don’t how to do so already, begin working for yourself, and let the teachers be damned. But they won’t be – they’ll just be all the more approving because that kind of integrity can only command respect. After all, most of the work we devise is devised for students who are not working for themselves, so those that do surpass our expectations and teach us things that we’ve never thought of.” – Bill Bullard
Details about Bill Bullard
|Name||Bill Bullard Jr.|
|Born||(1943-07-12) July 12, 1943|
|Country||Detroit, Michigan, US|
Things to Learn from Bill Bullard
Change is possible, but it takes time.
There’s no such thing as a stupid question—it just may not be the right time to ask it yet.
Be sure to listen to all sides. This doesn’t just mean listening when someone disagrees with you; it means actively seeking input from everyone who has an opinion on the matter at hand. If everyone has their say then we can find common ground between them so that everyone wins.
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