These are the rules for being a student
Handed down to us by Ancient Sages.
Standards for Being a Good Student and Child is a book that
was taught by Chinese saints and sages of the ancient past.
First be filial to your own parents
And respectful to all of your elders.
The book first teaches us how to be dutiful to your parents,
and how to be respectful and loving to our siblings.
It then teaches us how to be cautious with all people,
matters, and things in our daily life, and how to be a
trustworthy person; and to believe in the teachings of the
ancient saints and sages.
Be trustworthy, cautious and kind,
And draw near to those who are good.
Furthermore, it teaches us to love all equally,
and to be close to and learn from people of virtue and
Whatever time you have left
Should be devoted to learning.
Only when we have accomplished all the above
can we then study further and learn literature and art to
improve the quality of our cultural and spiritual lives.
Chapter 1 On Being Filial at Home
Chapter 1 At Home, Be Dutiful to My Parents
When your mother or father is calling,
Do not be slow to respond.
When my parents call me,
I will answer them right away.
When your parents tell you to do something,
Do not be lazy or sulky.
When they ask me to do something,
I will do it quickly.
When your parents need to instruct you,
You should listen with patient respect.
When my parents instruct you,
I will listen respectfully.
Whenever your parents must scold you,
Accept it with faithful compliance.
When my parents reproach me,
I will obey and accept their scolding. I will try hard to
change and improve myself, to start anew.
In the winter, make sure they are warm.
In the summer, make sure they are cool.
In the winter, I will keep my parents warm;
in the summer, I will keep your parents cool.
In the morning, cheerfully greet them.