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  • Jean De Lafayette Elementary, one of 50 schools slated to be closed by the city

As a public service to anyone thinking about teaching in Mayor Emanuel’s Chicago, I will tell you the story of a grammar school art teacher I’ll call Amos Moses.

So you’ll know what you’re in for.

That’s not his real name, of course. I’ve changed his name because the first thing you need to know about teaching in Chicago is that everything and anything you say can and will be used against you. If for no other reason than it’s good for students to learn from their teachers what happens to Chicagoans who question authority.

Anyway, Mr. Moses has the honor of having taught art in nine schools in 12 years—which must be some kind of record. At least, I hope it’s a record.

If all goes well, he’ll be teaching at a tenth school next year. As his current school is one of the 54 that Mayor Emanuel, in his infinite wisdom, has proposed to close.

Fasten your seatbelts, everyone . . .