There is a saying that ‘Example is better than precept.’ Even though in the Krishna conscious movement we follow both, Prabhupada often stressed the importance of good example over precept. He explained that if one cannot show by example then the precept has little value.
â€œUnless one is firmly convinced about Krishna Consciousness, I don’t think the children will learn properly from such a person. Whatever the elder members are doing, the children should do if possible. But for teaching the teachers themselves should be fixed up initiated devotees, otherwise how the children can get the right information and example?”
According to the Vedic system, the teacher must not only be learned about spiritual matters but also good in character. Therefore parents who are home schooling their children must also follow the four regulative principles namely no gambling, intoxication, meat eating and illicit sex and be initiated devotees or aspiring to be initiated. Why?