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Price of Privilege Book Study

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Price of Privilege Book Study PLC

Spring Semester 2013


In our school district, many students fly “under the radar” and are able to go unnoticed because, on the surface, it appears that life is going well for them.  Moreover, many students develop coping mechanisms that allow them to mask their deeper problems and actually hinder the development of a balanced, problem-solving self.  This PLC will examine the “culture of affluence” and the role of materialism in light of adolescent development and the stressors our students experience.  It will examine problems with which our teenagers grapple as well as the role of parents and various types of parenting.  This course is targeted for teachers 6-12, both generalists and specialists, as well as counseling staff, coaches, and administrators.  The book we will utilize is The Price of Privilege: How Parental Pressure and Material Advantage Are Creating a Generation of Disconnected and Unhappy Kids by Madeline Levine, PhD.



Danica Moss and Kelle Schmidt



Meeting 1: Tuesday, Jan. 22, 4:00-5:30, Pre Reading Questions and Chapter 1 

Meeting 2: Tuesday, Feb. 5, 4:00-5:30, Chapters 2 and 3 

Meeting 3: Tuesday, Feb. 26, 4:00-5:30, Chapters 3 and 4 

Meeting 4: Tuesday, March 19, 4:00-5:30, Chapters 5 and 6 

Meeting 5: Tuesday, April 2, 4:00-5:30, Chapters 8 and 9 


All meetings will be in the Steamboat Springs High School Library.  0.5 Adams State graduate credit is available for participation in all five sessions.



  • Kindlon, D. (2001). Too Much of a Good Thing: Raising Children in an Indulgent Age. New York, N.Y.: Hyperion.
  • Levine, M. (2006). The Price of Privilege: How Parental Pressure and Material Advantage Are Creating a Generation of Disconnected and Unhappy Kids. New York, N.Y.: HarperCollins.
  • Twenge, J.M. (2006). Generation Me: Why Today's Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled—and More Miserable Than Ever Before. New York, N.Y.: Free Press.



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