A sociological case study: Why Chicagoans don't care about teachers . . . | Bleader

A sociological case study: Why Chicagoans don't care about teachers . . .


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As part of my mission to understand why ordinary Chicagoans don't give a shit as Mayor Rahm tries to turn public school teachers into serfs, I board the Brown Line for the morning rush hour....

Actually, I board that train cause I have to be somewhere downtown at the ungodly hour of nine in the morning. But, what the hell — gives me a chance to play amateur sociologist.

Just call me Margaret Mead without the dress.

Oh, wait — she was an anthropologist.


The train takes me through the heart of Emanuel country — if Mayor Rahm has a fan base, this is it. Young professionals with iPods and other electronic gadgetry.

And here's my great discovery....

They're all miserable!

Never seen such a collection of glum-and-grim, don't-talk-to-me, don't-look-at-me, don't-even-smile-at-me people in my life.

Well, once at the county lockup....

Point is — how can folks care about the assault against teachers if they're utterly miserable about their own existence?

And, remember, these are the lucky ones — they have jobs! At least, I presume they have jobs. Why else would people make this ride if they didn't have to?

Of course, our collective misery could have something to do with the fact that we're wedged in like sardines and we're trying to pretend that our heads aren't crammed into someone's armpit.

Just to be certain about my theory, I get off the train at Belmont and hop on to the next one, which is not nearly as crowded.

Sure enough — everyone looks miserable.

But at least they have seats.

By the way, I think we can all agree on one thing....

No matter what he says, there's no way, absolutely no way, Mayor Rahm rides this baby every day....

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