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Three Blind Mice: Testing Propaganda

A teacher has the courage to stand up and protest what's happening to demean her professionalism.

Our faculty had to sit through a District Mandated Power Point presentation. Our principal added her own "flare" to the canned Power Point material by adding Mozart in the background and the characters from Who Moved My Cheese? An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life by Spencer Johnson.

So we got 4 little mice characters:

Mouse 1 didn't want the change but did it anyway.

Mouse 2 was enthusiastic about the change.

Mouse 3 didn't care but implemented the change.

Mouse 4 didn't want the change and refused to accept it.

Needless to say, in terms of embracing our California state STAR testing, number 4 was portrayed as the bad mouse.

My stomach was churning as I watched a room full of 1's, 2's, and 3's. Now that my colleague Sharon Zinke has left my school, I had to take all the looks each time Mouse 4 was made to look uncooperative.

Then my principal asked me which mouse I was and what I thought of the presentation. I said, "Which mouse I am depends on whether you are talking about teaching or testing."

My principal pronounced, "This whole presentation was about testing."

So I observed, "It seems a little like a presentation Hitler might have used to try to convince the Germans that they should go along with his plan to exterminate the Jews."

I don't think she got it, but just saying it released a little pressure from my valve.

— Jennifer Jones-Martinez, a California teacher



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