Kindergarten Teacher: The Best Way to Understand and Do What Is Right and Good Is to Practice Falun Dafa
(Minghui.org) I'm a kindergarten teacher. Before I started to practice Falun Dafa (also called Falun Gong), I got sick often and had a very bad temper. I didn't care about my job and had no patience with the children in my class, let alone my own child. But everything changed after I read Zhuan Falun in 1996.
After reading Zhuan Falun, I understood that bad deeds create karma, which is the root of all our difficulties and diseases. I understood that good is rewarded with good and bad incurs retribution. After I decided to cultivate Falun Gong, I not only regained my health, but I also became a kind and caring person.
I knew that, as a practitioner, I should always think of others. I started to work hard, participated in all kinds of events, and received many rewards.
Back then there were few outdoor activities for kindergarteners because we were afraid that the kids might get hurt. If any kid did get hurt, the parents would complain and the teacher would have her salary docked.
However, I knew that outdoor activities were good for kids, so I designed games that were not only educational but also safe. I also taught the kids to dance. People from the education department even came to watch them dance and passed the idea along to other kindergartens.
Teaching toddlers is exhausting, because they need help to do almost everything. I don't complain. Instead, I always tell crying kids, “When you are here, I am your mom. I'm here for you and will help you with anything.”
Since they are too young to express themselves well, they don't say anything when they are sick. If the teacher doesn't notice they are ill, their parents will be upset. To solve this problem, I always observe my students carefully in the morning and take extra care of those who do not participate in the group activity. At nap time, I always kiss their foreheads, not only to show them my love, but also to test their body temperature.
Some parents send their child's teacher gifts in the hopes that the teacher will take better care of their child. In the past, I was very happy to get those gifts. Since I became a Falun Dafa practitioner, I no longer accepted such gifts.
Before Jiang Zemin started to persecute Falun Gong in 1999, half of the teachers in my kindergarten were practicing it. At the beginning of the persecution, when our superiors came to check on us, our principal said, “People who practice Falun Gong change in two ways: their health improves and their work improves.”
Once I said at a parents' conference, “We always teach the children to be truthful, kind, and tolerant.” One parent replied immediately, “Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance.” I smiled and nodded, and all the parents seemed pleased.
I wrote letters and made phone calls to the police officers who arrested me because of my belief. I told them about my personal experience. I asked them, “If you have kids, which teacher would you want your kids to have? Me before practicing Falun Gong, or me after practicing Falun Gong?”
To make our society better, we have to value kindness and we have to value doing what is right. We live in complicated and troubling times, and the best way to understand and do what is right and good is to practice Falun Dafa.