I would like to thank my original editor at Sense Publishers, Peter de Liefde, for his ready understanding of my need for more time and a detour in my writing. I heard not a word of recrimination from him as I changed course from an earlier book proposal on international schools to the present work on education within a global neoliberal context. I am sincerely grateful for his poise and graciousness. A book about both the political economic complicity and the potential redemptive value of international schools and international education in a time of world crisis is still very much on my list of intended future projects.
I would also like to thank my current editors at Brill. John Bennett has been consistently warm and supportive of my work, with an unfaltering confidence in my writing and my judgements. Equally, Jolanda Karada is incomparable in her sense of editorial fairness and efficiency, often responding to my questions and concerns in little more time, or so it seemed, than it took me to hit the “send” key.
I would also like to thank Paul Tarc, Professor of Education at the University of Western Ontario, Canada. Paul has been an understanding and supportive friend, colleague, comrade, and fellow traveler in the world of international education for a very long time. Our conversations and his writings have been a tremendous source of encouragement to me, and a handy road map to some of the best possibilities for progressive pedagogy in international education.
Most of all, I am grateful to the countless friends, students, and colleagues who have charitably endured, sometimes even expressed excitement over, months and years of my long-winded commentaries on education and neoliberalism. It couldn’t have been easy!