We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I had been under the impression that the reason to spend big bucks for an elite education in prep schools like Andover, Exeter, Choate, Deerfield, etc. was for a very rigorous classical education, traditional and strict moral standards, and, in general, a special culture set apart from ordinary society and its fads, from factory-style public education, and from ordinary mindless and immature teen pursuits.
If these sorts of schools no longer aspire to be different, what's the point?
That doesn't surprise me in the least. If you want a rigorous classical education these days, it's probably best to look to home-schooling, some (but definitely not all) religious private schools, and the odd charter school. I've got a nephew who attends a small Catholic high school where he not only has to study Latin, but is getting a very solid grounding in the classics.
I hated every minute at my Catholic prep school -- the latin teacher coached varsity football (champions my year), we had the "board of education" for swats, the class president was expelled when caught with a joint a week before graduation, gambling discouraged, hazing frowned on ... it was harder at the time than college or law school would ever be. it was one of my best life experiences overall. but I still hated it.
Prep Schools have been cesspools of liberalism and decadence for years. The drug use, drinking, etc was terrible when I was young, and it's still really bad. But for the parents: out of sight, out of mind.
Bottom line: When you are so lazy that you send your kids to boarding school, rather than overseeing their education and moral development yourself, you deserve what you get.