According to the Tao Te Ching, written by ancient philosopher Laozi, teaching is like spring rain, which moistens everything silently. This is a kind of wisdom, a kind of pursuit, and a kind of state of being.

In 1997, I was transferred to Roncheng Radio and Television University(RTVU) when the RTVU system was commissioned by the State Personnel Bureau to carry out vigorous training for computer application ability level tests and was in urgent need of manpower. On the day of registration, the president of the university said that we needed a new force of graduates so from then onwards, we would arrange a daytime class and a nighttime class.

 Part 1: Opening

Editor’s Note:

Ruan Wenping, an ordinary primary school teacher living and working in a mountain village, suffers from a childhood illness-induced disability and has some difficulty in walking.

Wang Qunxiang is a junior college graduate of the 2014 Chinese language class at QingFeng Radio and TV University. Though one year has already passed since he left school, his story is always fresh in my mind. He entered the RTVU at 71 and graduated at 74. Of the approximately 5,000 graduates in the 33 year history of the university, he is the oldest, and the one with the most stories. Those who know Wang Qunxiang say that he is more like a teacher than a student.

For years, people have been asking me the same question:“Zi Yan, as a writer, is it useful for you to study at a Radio and Television University(RTVU)?” I want to say that any useful learning is good for personal development.

As an open university class tutor, I often wonder how to be a tutor popular with the students, but the only answer is student satisfaction. Over the past year, I came across students who were “grabbing for paper qualifications”, “hard to communicate with” or “unreasonable”. But now, they are all good, sensible students.

In December 2015 the author took a bus through wind and rain from Anshun to the Radio and Television University(RTVU) Workstation at Puding County, to interview an ordinary RTVU female student named Yang Yan.

In spring 2010, you became a freshman at Sichuan Radio and Television University(Sichuan RTVU).

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