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For most people boarding schools conjure up thoughts of young men in navy
blue blazers with white shirts and a tie going to a beautiful school with ivy
covered walls and the game of polo being played in the distance. Oh, and don't
forget thoughts of parents with fat wallets and a family trust fund. This is
what Gordon Vink, the director of admissions at Mercersburg Academy in
Pennsylvania, calls the “Holden Caufield-Catcher in the Rye syndrome”(Parker
111), a book about the troubles a boy faces at his prep boarding school.
To an extent the image holds true. Prep schools offer collegiate type
atmospheres, have strict rules, and often teach generations of students from the
same families. The simplest definition of a boarding school is a place that
parents pay for a stodent to live and go to school. The school's teachers,
coaches, and administrators live in dormitories with boarders and act as their
family enforcing the strict rule...
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