Years later, exam question
about a leaf haunts Brown
Gov. Jerry Brown has made his displeasure with standardized tests plain any number of times. On Monday, he offered his story about a leaf.
Interviewed onstage during a conference, Brown recalled a “shocking” exam he took as a high school senior. It included only one question, Brown said: “Write your impression of a green leaf.”
Brown, now 75, said he “didn’t know how to deal with it” and now, walking by a tree, he wonders, “How’s my impression going? Can I feel anything? … Actually, this is a very powerful question that has haunted me for 50 years, but you can’t put that on a standardized test.”
“No, they’re not,” he said. “They’re going to be in a job somewhere. We’re not in the global economy. I hate to disillusion you. We’re just here, in this hallway, with a bunch of people looking at us.”
BY THE NUMBERS
California’s highest-paid city employee last year was the city manager of Buena Park – $545,394, according to the latest compilation of local salary data by state Controller John Chiang. The second highest was a police sergeant in South Gate, $486,044. The highest-paid county employee was an orthopedic surgeon in Kern County, $1,040,651. Most of the highest paid listed on Chiang's ranking included vacation pay or other one-time payouts. The report lists salaries by position and not by name.