No, I haven't gone off the deep end--it's a new Naomi Wolf essay.
As prep school would include day schools, some of our posters would have first-hand knowledge of the "pampering" she bemoans.
I think her vision of the "public school experience" is based on her memories of her time in school. Many of the features she deems pampering in the private school world are alive and well in our local suburban public schools. I'm also not convinced that the University of Arizona students she encountered in Mexico are exclusively private school scions.
I don't think the boarding school experience qualifies as pampering. YMMV, so...any opinions?