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John Thomas graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry with honors and a minor in mathematics from the University of California at Los Angeles (U.C.L.A.) in 1974. He moved to Tokyo, Japan where he was employed by a medium-sized Japanese securities house. Thomas became fluent in Japanese... More
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  • The Dumbing Down of California 0 comments
    May 9, 2009 10:37 AM

    After a merciless torrent of budget cuts, California’s public education system has been bled dry, and now ranks 50th in the US, down from number one when I attended classes here a half century ago (oops!). The golden state now spends more on its 170,000 prisoners that on educating the young. When I recently tried to get Fedex to send a package to Japan, the clerk thought it was a city on the east coast and refused to take it because she couldn’t find the zip code. I ended up mailing it. Those trying to engineer an economic recovery in California don’t understand that you can’t become globally competitive with a dumbed down work force.

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