Meier: Do most teachers view their unions much as they view other organizations--some better, some worse, but not "ours."


Casey: How can schools in a society that aspires to be democratic not take on the injustices of racism?


Meier: What are the lessons in equality that young people absorb through the structuring of schools, and how do they match the "civics" lessons they may be receiving formally?


Casey: I can't look at the pictures of Michael Brown and Tamir Rice without seeing reflections of the faces of my own children and my own students.


Meier: While it's true democracy is never complete, we do kids and ourselves a disservice to pretend that our schools are living examples of even an imperfect democracy.


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