My summer has officially come to an end. Classes start today, and I’ve got a full load—37 students per class. That’s a far cry from what we had when I first started and classes averaged 27 (we were getting raises in those days, too. Haven’t had one in years now). But even as politicians and the public decry declining educational test scores, they make education more difficult by cutting budgets, forcing layoffs and more students per classroom. I am frankly not optimistic about our nation’s future.