This book has been five years in the making, and like other such enterprises, it was truly a collaborative effort. I am most grateful to all the Brazilian and U.S. contributors who provided superb original research and patiently endured the sometimes grueling process of bringing this volume to life. The Brazilian chapters were written in Portuguese and were translated into English by Donna Sandin. The translation would not have been possible without the generous support of the Association François-Xavier Bagnoud. The Rockefeller Foundation provided me a month-long residency at the Bellagio Center on Lake Como, Italy, where I was able to complete a large portion of this manuscript. I finished the book while I was a visiting scholar at the Stanford University School of Education. I am grateful to these institutions for their support.
I am indebted to many, many colleagues, friends, and family members for their support and assistance over the years as this project moved from a concept to a book. I wish to thank Ann Altman, Mona Arlin, Jean Anyon, Mario J. Azevedo, Diane E. Davis, Susan Duncan, Annelle Houk, Howard Haworth, Bo King, Miriam Lyons, Sheryl L. Lutjens, Colleen McInerney, John Meyer, Carolyn Seligson Mickelson, William M. Park, José Neistein, Paula Razquin, Frances Schwartz, Larry Suter, Kathy Tindell, Michael M. Weinstein, Jerry Wolfe, and Lucilia Silveira Writer. I could not have completed this book without the assistance of my dedicated graduate students Anne E. Velasco and Tiffany L. Waits. The indispensable critical commentary and support of Stephen Samuel Smith, my husband and colleague, kept me focused on the really important issues in work and life. Seeing our children, Ginny and David, develop into delightful young adults has been profoundly satisfying to me. Watching their journey through childhood has increased my fury that so many of the Americas’ children suffer conditions that needlessly and cruelly stunt their lives. Finally, I wish to dedicate this book with love and respect to those who first inspired me, my parents Louis Mickelson (1917-1995) and Hannah Arlin, and to my brothers Larry (1957-1989) and David.
Roslyn Arlin Mickelson
Palo Alto, California