I wish to acknowledge some of the hundreds of people who have given me their valuable information, ideas, and long-term support while I was preparing The 2010 Meltdown. They include: Eunice Askov, Distinguished Professor of Education, Co-director, Institute for the Study of Adult Literacy and the Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy, The Pennsylvania State University; Lynn Gresham, Editor, Employee Benefit News; Roger Herman, CEO, The Herman Group; Kevin Hollenbeck, Director of Publications, W. E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research; Linda Kaiser, Executive Director, Chicago Workforce Board; Suzanne Knell, Executive Director, Illinois Literacy Resource Development Center; Peggy Luce, Vice President, Education and Training, Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce; Constance Majka, Program Director, Philadelphia Academies, Inc.; Andy McKenna, Jr., President, Swartz Paper Company; Ronald R. Morgan, Professor of Educational Psychology, Loyola University, Chicago; Charles J. O'Malley, Consultant, U.S. Department of Education; James Parker, Coordinator, Midwest States and Work-Based Education, U.S. Department of Education; Judith A. Ponticell, Professor and Associate Vice President, Academic Affairs, University of South Florida-Lakeland Campus.
In particular, I wish to gratefully acknowledge the critical support of John Willig, my publishing agent. His many ideas and suggestions and faith in me as a writer were essential in making this book happen. Thank you, John.
I also wish to thank Nick Philipson, my editor at Greenwood, for his enthusiastic support throughout this project.