(Minghui.org) Nowadays the environment that students grow up in is problematic for several reasons. There's the heavy academic workload, and more importantly, influences at home and away from home that can lead a child astray. How can our young people regulate their words and deeds to be good people and to do well academically?

Below are the experiences of two high school students from Tahe County, Daxinganling Area, Heilongjiang Province.

Transformation of a Problem Child

Ran Ran, 16 years old, from Tahe County, Heilongjiang Province, is a student in an advanced class in high school.

When Ran Ran was in 8th grade, his parents fought all the time and eventually divorced. When his father left, the family lost its only source of income. Ran Ran came home to a sullen environment each day, and his mother looked miserable all the time. The sudden change at home made Ran Ran lose hope of having a good life or future. He began to skip school and spend his time playing online games at a local Internet cafe. He even left home once, and became a real problem child.

One day when his mother asked him to study, he threatened her with a kitchen knife. His mother fell ill because she was so upset by this turn of events. After that, she would say, “He can do whatever he likes because he is no longer my child.”

Before taking the exams required to move from junior high to senior high, Ran Ran had a headache whenever he picked up a book. He indulged in online games for long hours and didn't think being admitted to a senior high school was possible. His mother spent a lot of time looking for a trade school that would accept him without an entrance exam record. Since the family was not well off, they could not afford to send him to a senior high school at their own expense. They planned to send him to a technical school to learn a trade so that he could at least earn a living.

Prior to the examination, Ran Ran and his mother went to a friend's home. That friend talked to them about the persecution of Falun Gong and told them that if they sincerely recite “Falun Dafa is good” and “Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good,” they would have blessings. Ran Ran took this to heart and fell to his knees in front of Teacher Li Hongzhi's portrait. He also pulled his mother to Teacher's Li portrait and asked her to show her respect to Teacher. His mother said, “If Ran Ran can be admitted into a senior high school, I will learn Falun Gong!”

After returning home, Ran Ran and his mother began respectfully reciting “Falun Dafa is good” and “Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good.” After learning the facts about the persecution of Falun Gong, his mother began protecting Falun Gong practitioners as well as Falun Dafa books and the truth-clarification materials.

Ran Ran did very well on the examination and was admitted to a senior high school with his excellent scores. He was selected to be in the advanced class. Ran Ran also got rid of his bad habits, like being disruptive in the classroom and being addicted to Internet games. He turned into a good student.

After learning the facts about Falun Gong, Ran Ran's father also believed that “Falun Dafa is good” and withdrew from the CCP and its affiliated organizations. He admitted his mistakes to Ran Ran's mother and the two of them got back together. As a result, Ran Ran has a happy family once again.

After Studying and Memorizing Dafa Books, Academic Scores Soar

My name is Xiao Yu and I am a junior high school student from Dahe County, Daxinganling Area, Heilongjiang Province. To achieve a better academic score, the school usually divides the students into advanced classes and regular classes, and arranges for the more experienced teachers to teach the advanced classes. After school and on the weekends, the advanced students are tutored without charge. There are six classes with more 290 students in 9th grade. Only the top 50 students are admitted into the advanced class, and only those in the advanced class are qualified to register for the entrance exams for key senior high schools.

Parents all want to see their children succeed in life, so they will do everything possible to ensure that their children do well in school. Some will ask their children to repeat 9th grade and some hire tutors for their children. Like many other parents, my parents wanted nothing more than for me to succeed. I was already very tired from all the subjects I was studying. My parents enrolled me in two tutoring classes, so I didn't have any spare time at all. I had to study day in and day out. However, my academic scores didn't improve. My parents were really worried that I would not be admitted into the advanced class. My mother always told me that I was not as clever as other kids. I was ranked 60 in 9th grade. I tried my best but failed to improve my ranking, which meant that I would not be admitted into the advanced class unless things changed.

Not long after, a friend of my mother's, who is a Falun Gong practitioner, came to our home. She talked to my parents about Falun Gong. Everyone in my family withdrew from the CCP and its affiliated organizations. The friend gave us a copy of Zhuan Falun and some Falun Gong amulets. After talking with her about my academic record, she asked me to silently recite “Falun Dafa is good” and “Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good” and told me my wisdom would be opened up if I learned Falun Gong. I believed what she said.

After that, I went to this aunty's home very often, and she told me a lot of miraculous stories about cultivating Falun Gong. One day, several friends and I were watching a DVD of a Shen Yun show. We were impressed by the beautiful images and excellent programs, and all of us yearned for Falun Dafa. We decided to listen to Teacher's Fa lectures, study Zhuan Falun, and memorize Hong Yin. The aunty also invited our parents to her home. She clarified the truth to them, and helped them to withdraw from the CCP and its affiliated organizations. These parents soon began to support Falun Dafa.

During the short period of time that we listened to Teacher's lectures and memorized the Dafa books, great changes happened to us both physically and mentally. We got rid of our bad habits and our academic scores improved dramatically. In the next exam of that month, I ranked 23. I scored 98 in English. Previously, I had tried very hard in this subject but failed to improve my score. In the following month I ranked 18 in the exam and scored 113 out of 120 in English. My parents, my teacher, and I hadn't dared to think about such good marks. My teacher praised me several times in class for the rapid improvement in my knowledge and moral improvements. My parents were also very pleased to see the positive changes in me.

Some students and parents asked me how my scores had improved so quickly. I told them that whenever I came across difficult questions, I would silently recite “Falun Dafa is good,” “Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good” and ask Teacher to help me. It was Dafa that gave me the wisdom.