Power to Gen Z

We parents and teachers often wring our hands with anxiety over today’s teenagers and young adults. We fret that their attention spans have been ruined by smartphones, we worry that they don’t participate politically, we fear that online pornography and violence have confused their relationships. While it’s important to discuss these trends, I am now firmly in the camp of those hopeful for the future when Gen Z takes charge.
Like many of you, I have been so impressed to read about remarkable high schoolers (including CH students) responding after Parkland and other school shootings. Mostly, though, my optimism comes from watching our students grow up, making mistakes, yes, but developing strong moral centers, sophisticated communications skills (including how to use social media to organize), and a real desire to make the world a better place.

Most recently I have met, in gatherings in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York, CH graduates who are actors, entrepreneurs, analysts, and athletes, breathless with excitement and ideas and positive energy. Our graduates are building rockets, selling sandwiches, and making gorgeous art. They are demystifying cryptocurrencies, near-earth objects, and white privilege. In increasing numbers, they are teaching and leading at Campbell Hall. Some are having children and dreaming about raising post-post-millennials (for the class of 2037?!).

Every generation has its challenges. Somehow we boomers managed to survive, though some cultural critics say we screwed up the country along the way. I say, keep the faith. “Campbell Hall will ever stay, a living flame to light the way,” proving in thousands of lives that love and creativity will always win out over fear and negativity.

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  • Matilde Fuentes
    Amen to your letter, Julian. Our students are constantly fighting the good battle. I recently encountered a former student, and I was delighted to see him smiling and blessing his patients while working as a physical therapist. His eyes lit up when he showed me his wedding ring, hopeful and looking forward to a joyful life with his wife. I rejoiced as I realized that we invest in the best products everyday, human beings! I continue to believe that although Campbell Hall is not perfect, it is a great place to be part of!

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    The Rev. Canon Julian P. Bull is the third head of school of Campbell Hall (est. 1944), an Episcopal school in Los Angeles, California with 1130 students in grades K-12. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College, his Master’s in Philosophy from Boston College, and his Master’s in Divinity from Virginia Theological Seminary. Canon Bull is an ordained priest in the Episcopal Church.

    Prior to coming to Campbell Hall in 2003, Rev. Bull served as Head of Trinity Episcopal School in New Orleans and as the Assistant Dean for Academic and Student Affairs, Dean of Students, Chair of the Diversity Committee, and Director of the Senior Humanities Program at Albuquerque Academy. He has served on the Boards of the National Association of Episcopal Schools, the Independent School Association of the Southwest, St. James’ Episcopal School, the Louisiana Children’s Museum, the Steering Committee for the Los Angeles School Heads, the Studio City Neighborhood Council, and has chaired the last two search committees for bishops of Los Angeles. He currently serves as the Chair of the Commission on Schools of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles and is on the Advisory Board of the Collaborative for Spirituality in Education. He and his wife Katie have enjoyed raising their two sons as 13-year Campbell Hall students. Rev. Bull enjoys tennis, hiking, and playing bridge in his spare time.
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