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Casualties of Privilege: Essays on Prep Schools' Hidden Culture Paperback – March, 1991

ISBN-13: 978-0962767104 ISBN-10: 0962767107

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  • Paperback: 153 pages
  • Publisher: Avocus Pub (March 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0962767107
  • ISBN-13: 978-0962767104
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,350,839 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By W. Paine on March 31, 2000
Format: Paperback
Casualties of Privilege offers an inside look into some of the dark realities of our nations elite boarding schools. The essays, written by those who have witnessed or participated in the rituals they describe, offer a candid look at a side of the world that few of us ever get to see.
I read this book when I was considering the possibility of attending boarding school. At the time, I thought the essays in the book made boarding school look very intriguing. Had my parents seen the book, there is no way they would have even let me apply.
Overall a very good book, if an honest portrayal of boarding schools is what you're looking for. For those who may think the subject matter is controversial, open up your eyes and realize that these schools are no different than the rest of society.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By TN Reader on June 24, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book is a must-read for parents outside the boarding-school tradition who are considering boarding school for their children. The "hidden culture" which Crosier poignantly discusses refers primarily to life after the school day ends and before the next one begins. I read this book before my child began boarding school; and although it did not change our plans, it definitely prepared me for some of the problems that arose during my son's first year. Crosier discusses at some length the demands placed upon boarding school faculty, demands which result in an emphasis on the classroom and athletic fields and which shortchange the mentoring that students need when the school day ends. He recommends a separate evening faculty who are not too exhausted to serve as surrogate parents. While the cost of two sets of faculty would probably result in boarding school only for the most wealthy (and would necessarily exclude families like ours), students would have more of a home-away-from-home rather than being forced too often into situations they are not yet prepared to handle alone.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Scott Jensen on June 20, 2004
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Adolescents are pretty much rebellious. No getting around that. It's natural. It's necessary. It's just part of the process of growing up. However, there are differences between children going through this while living at home and going to a public school verses living at a boarding school. It isn't a major difference, but it does exist and has its own flavor. This book gives you a taste of it from those that experienced it or were experiencing at the time of that the book was published. I found the recommendations given by this book to be sound and reasonable. While I do not view this as a great book, I would recommend it for those thinking of going to a boarding school or sending their child to one. However, I would also recommend you not base your decision on just this book but read several about boarding schools before doing so.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Diego Banducci on December 31, 2002
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The basic premise underlying this book of essays written by former prep school students is that there is such a thing as a standard prep school experience. In fact, the term "prep school" has been adopted by so many different types of secondary schools as to have become meaningless.
Those common threads that do exist (loneliness, use of alcohol and drugs, sex, etc.) are really part of being an adolescent, and are not unique to prep school students, although the young authors of these essays would have us believe otherwise.
There is nothing in these essays that wasn't said better by J. D. Salinger in "The Catcher in the Rye." Read it instead.
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