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Rahm’s school choice reflects our caste system

Rahm Emanuel his wife Amy Rule watch electiresults with their children Zach (left) Leah IlanFeb. 22. | John J. Kim~Sun-Times

Rahm Emanuel and his wife, Amy Rule, watch election results with their children Zach (left), Leah and Ilana on Feb. 22. | John J. Kim~Sun-Times

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Updated: July 24, 2011 2:25AM

We thought the University of Chicago Lab Schools had a waiting list a mile long. And yet Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s kids get right in.

Clout and connections still rule the day. Let them eat cake. Do as I say, not as I do.

Or should we quote George Orwell’s Animal Farm: “Some animals are more equal than others”?

People do not realize that America, despite its image of equality for all, operates on a caste system. The schools reinforce that. Once in a specific caste, you will for the most part never rise up out of it. And it starts with the schools.

A kid who goes to Fenger or DuSable or Phillips will never catch up with a kid who goes to the Lab Schools or Latin or Francis Parker.

Especially the Lab Schools. The doctors, professors, lawyers and business people who work at the university enjoy priority admissions (and get a 50 percent tuition discount), but not the nurses, clerks or maintenance people. That’s the way it is and always will be in this great country of ours.

People also have to realize that where one’s kids go to school is about the parents as much as the kid. Meaning, does the parent want to have to associate with public school parents at school plays, sporting events, parent nights and assemblies? Do they want to have to do “play dates” or “sleepovers” with riffraff? A child’s school is as much as a reflection on the parent as on the child.

All of the Obama inner circle, having also worked at the University of Chicago, go or have gone the Lab School route for their kids. This includes businessman friend Marty Nesbitt and advisers and aides Valerie Jarrett, Desiree Rogers and Eric Whitaker.

They and many more are part of the Hyde Park/Lab Schools inner circle. Limousine liberals talk a good game for people to live by, but live by a different game.

Daley’s kids went to Lab Schools while he was state’s attorney, but he pulled them out when he became mayor because of the image it would present and sent them to Catholic schools. It was easier to explain spurning the Chicago Public Schools for religious reasons.

Will and Darryl Mitchell, Englewood

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