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Why not ‘all must have prizes’?

School awards-giving is unchristian and counter-productive, argues Hugh Rayment-Pickard

FANS of Father Ted will recall the episode when Fr Todd Unctuous, a priest who has spent his ministry seeking "trophies and prizes", tries to steal Fr Ted Crilly's newly won Golden Cleric Award. The underlying joke is the way in which Ted and his priestly colleagues are obsessed with secular notions of success. "You know, Dougal," Ted says, ignoring a parishioner's request for a visit, "it's not all about awards and glamour."

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