Yet as I looked around this public school facility, I saw peeling paint, rust, and areas clearly in need of repair. So while legislators everywhere are cutting funds for education and laying off teachers right and left—here come another class of new kindergartners. Will most of them be as lucky in their school and teacher as I think Lila will be? Will most get the nurturing and careful attention that will help them gain both skills and confidence? Will they be in small classes that will allow for such nurturing? I suspect that all too often the answer to these questions is no.