long term there will be new partnerships between business and education, and indeed the boundaries between these groups may fade to the benefit of both schooling and business.
Every current, major societal problem is rooted in educational failure. It is my hope that this book will contribute in a fundamental way to the improvement of education in every context -- and eventually to amelioration of at least some of the social problems and suffering that exists in the world.
For the past four decades, I have been blessed with many excellent graduate students, including the team that helped to develop the concept mapping tool in the early 1970s. I have also enjoyed stimulation, support, and insights from many visiting professors from all parts of the world. These people have been my mentors and we have learned together. The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University has been a hospitable home for my work for the last 30 years. Professor Alan McAdams of the Johnson Graduate School of Management has been especially helpful in assisting me in understanding business issues and problems. My colleagues at Procter and Gamble have also been excellent mentors. My three children, two grandchildren, and my wife Joan have also been a source of energy, ideas, and inspiration. Much of the credit for the ideas in this book belongs to my mentors, but the shortcomings are my own. I extend my warm and grateful thanks to all of these good folks.
-- Joseph D. Novak