In our first episode of the Three Character Classic（三字经）we begin at birth. According to Chinese thought, when we come into the world, we are fundamentally good. But as we grow up, our attitudes and abilities change under the influence of our environment and education – not always for the better. The三字经 was written by the Song Dynasty (宋朝) scholar Wang Yinglin (王应麟). This 1,134 character text was one of the first textbooks used by students, and provided lessons on education, morality and ethics, science, literature, and history.