There is a commonly used saying that goes, “Don’t make a mountain out of a molehill”. This expression has been living in my mind the past few weeks as I’ve watched Chicago Public Schools roll out their reopening plan for our staff and students. As teachers and staff have voiced their fears and concerns, the district has attempted to paint us as obstinate and selfish; our concerns and fears made out to be frivolous and unfounded. We are, in their eyes, making mountains out of molehills.

I would like to offer an alternative interpretation to this idiom.

I have taught…

Elizabeth Mabrey

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