So… Rahm got his children enrolled in a private school. Read all about it (or most of what was printed) here:
For starters, let me make a couple of things clear:
- I don’t fault a parent for wanting the best for their child(ren).
- I’m glad these parent are concerned about their children’s education.
OK. With that said. Allow me to continue. What strikes me as wrong, call it unethical, is the following:
- He used his political power to get his way. (If ya don’t believe me, I got’s Wrigley Field World Series box seat tickets to sell ya.)
- He used his privilege as a political leader to meet his personal agenda.
- His children will receive better (and possibly more) attention from their teachers than the average Chicago student.
- He plays the pity card to get us to be good, sympathetic, quiet listeners. Note: He used his kids words to protect himself. Objectification of the youth continues.
Don’t get me wrong. I know how the game is played. As one smart man once told me, “Wouldn’t you do the same if you were in his shoes?” Probably.
However, from the outside lookin’ in, I just want ALL students to have the same, eqaul, and fair educational opportunity. Rahm lives in a good neighborhood with good school. We should all live in good neighborhoods with good schools. Enough of this members only bs. What’s available for the mayor’s children should be available for all children.
I’d like him to have the same concern for city children as he does for his own. It’s not too much to ask since he is the mayor. He’s not your average parent with school children. He’s king Rahm and he got the throne he was after. If he uses that throne to only serve himself and his family, well then, we got ourselves a problem. That throne ain’t there to serve personal needs. That’s just wrong.
We elected him to this position so that he would serve all citizens of this city equally, not just those under his roof. Go on, Rahm. I hope this is the start of true educational reform in this city.
BTW, I’d like to know if he met the admission and registration deadline like all the other parents. If not, then double-shame on him.
[Update: I contacted the school shortly after this post went public and inquired as to when Rahm had completed the application process for his children. (In case I was wrong, I was ready to admit my mistake.) This was the school’s email reply: “…we do not comment on our students and where they are in the application process. The Mayor and his wife made a decision, and the Laboratory Schools will not comment on their decision.”]