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Roger Barbee: An education for what?

Being at that age when there are more years behind me than ahead for me, I have been looking, among other things, at my education during the 1950s and 1960s. I graduated from high school in 1964 and college in 1968, all from public institutions. In 1988 I finally added a graduate degree, also from a public institution. What has engendered this examination is my part-time work at a local high school and an article I read recently discussing the value of teaching or not teaching cursive writing. comments
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Roger Barbee: Blight on the valley

We are blessed in the valley with much natural beauty. From where I am sitting, Short Mountain, covered in snow, appears to curve west as it passes Mt. Jackson and converge with Great North Mountain, as if to form a bowl of beauty that is full of small hills, cleared land dotted with homes, and some of the world's best grass for feeding cattle, according to my friend John. comments
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Roger Barbee: The promise

Were he alive, Fred Templeton would turn 73 on April 2. However, he died of lung cancer in August 1992 -- too young for him, his wife, and his two children. comments
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Roger Barbee: Harbingers of spring

Like many people in the valley, I am waiting for spring. comments
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Roger Barbee: Parents and the education of their children

This week I began a wrestling unit in the local middle school. The principal and physical education teachers have allowed me, the high school wrestling coach, to come to physical education classes for sixth and seventh graders in order to introduce the sport. comments
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Roger Barbee: Consider what we have done to our youth

While reading about the possibility of using selected students as school bus drivers in Shenandoah County and reading some opposition to that idea, I thought of the "men and boys" in a Stephen E. Ambrose book and a particular lady I met last summer. comments
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Roger Barbee: A valley couple

Hugh Morrison took their photograph in May 1949 when they were young and just married. They stand side by side, looking into his camera with faces full of intent and hope. comments
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Roger Barbee: Buck of Scott's Lane

A dynamic and beloved neighborhood pet is put to rest, though his legacy prances on. comments
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Roger Barbee: Ending, beginning traditions

On the Saturday following Christmas, the called-for snow had not begun when I let the dogs out. However, before all the coffee was finished, it had. It moved in with a low, heavy sky that obscured Powell Mountain and slowly the individual flakes covered the tops of tree limbs, the boxwoods, the shoveled drive, everything, to give Red Hill a new look of softness and peace. comments
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Roger Barbee: Get out and join a club, the band, or a team

Each high school sport is special in its own way, and each offers unique rewards for those students who participate. comments

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