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.


Bridging Differences is taking a break for the holiday this week. Deborah Meier will return with a new post on Tuesday, Dec. 2....


Casey: No one becomes a teacher to become rich. We do so out of a vocation, a calling to educate and care for young people.


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