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Are principles a thing of the past, is leading by example simply for losers? I have just heard a radio report on how churches congregations are flooded with parents of children simply to access a particular school; once the child is is accepted, then they stop going. Parents lie about their addresses or even rent out second homes.

This is a product of league tables, and will only get worse with the rise of free schools and academies. Certain schools will be perceived as better and watch the rush like the opening of the january sales, as parents are happy for their children to travel an hour and a half to get to one of these schools. The concept of local school is dying.

Just remember when you try and teach your children about morality and your child asks you but didn’t you lie and deceive to get what you wanted!