With a Private School Hit Piece, The Atlantic Abandons Ethical Journalism

Caitlin Flanagin’s cover story favors easy insults and zingers over practical advice and bridge-building.

I can think of no more hyperbolic, unfair, and ridiculous cover image than a golden student desk chair. But even the insulting art is also outdated and misleading, as more private schools favor discussion or Harkness tables.

Several years ago, this high school history and journalism teacher was covering anti-private school rhetoric in the mainstream press. I wanted (and still want) all…