What are Holden's reasons for disliking the school in J. D. Salinger's Catcher and the Rye?

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Holden has been expelled from other expensive boarding schools, so it is clear he has issues with school itself. Pencey is just the latest failure.

Holden, who tries to live authentically, doesn't seem to be able to adapt to what he feels are the phony cultures of his school. First, the academics—except for writing, which he enjoys—bore him. Second, he dislikes the phony people he encounters, such as his roommate Stradlater. Further, he loathes what he considers the phony alums who come back and lecture the boys about "success" and following Jesus.

Adding to his other issues, Holden is...

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