In J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye, are Holden’s reasons for hating Pencey Prep valid?

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Holden is right and very perceptive for his age. Most boarding schools are dumping grounds for unwanted children--mostly boys, since there are not too many boarding schools for girls. The parents don't have time for their own children, so they are more than happy to believe the advertising that tells them what they want to hear. The pictures of boys jumping over fences on horseback are an excellent symbol of what the parents want to hear, which is that the schools are not only fun places to be but that they confer upper-class status on their graduates. The military schools, of course, are the worst because they are the repositories of the boys who are real problems at home. In addition to offering access to the upper class, they offer discipline. Many of the boys at these...

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