Some things are beyond debate. Suppose I hire someone simply to mow my lawn. After mowing the lawn, he pulls up my rosebushes and plants azaleas in their place. Do you think I should debate with him over whether it's better to have rosebushes or azaleas in my flower bed? I think not. My response would be: "I paid you to mow my lawn, not make decisions about my flower bed. You're fired!" Let's talk about education and beyond-debate issues.

According to the Pocono Record in Stroudsburg, Pa. (May 15, 1996), parents of a sixth-grader are suing the East Stroudsburg Area School District for what they claim as subjecting their daughter to a compulsory strip and body cavity search. It turns out that their daughter and 58 other J.T. Lambert Intermediate School girls were summoned to the infirmary. The school nurse instructed them to strip down to their underwear for a gynecological examination. Some parents said their daughters asked not to have their genitals examined but were told they had to. Some of the girls started to cry, and at least one was denied the right to call home.J.T. Lambert School was greeted with a storm of parental protest. Dr. Ramlah Vahanvaty, who performed the exams, explained, "What it involved is an external examination of the labia to see if there were any warts or vaginal lesions." She said, "Even a parent doesn't have the right to say what's appropriate for a physician to do when they're doing an exam."

J.T. Lambert Intermediate School did send out notices that the school would be giving physical examinations. Like other deceptive educational practices going under euphemistic titles such as "values clarification," "health education" and "gifted students" programs, the true agenda was concealed.

We as parents pay schools to teach our kids how to read, write and do arithmetic. We don't pay them to undermine and challenge parental values and authority. It's about time we made that clear.