To start off this semester of the Michigan Student Caucus, we'd like you carefully consider and discuss "provocations" posted here -- images, maps, quotes, videos, web pages meant to spark questions and raise issues relevant to students in Michigan.

As you examine the provocations, ask yourself questions like:

  • What is going on here?
  • What inferences can you make?
  • What might be misleading?
  • Who is involved?
  • What feelings does it invoke?
  • What perspectives (social, economic, legal, political, moral, artistic, psychological, historical, etc.) might provide insight?
  • What else do we need to know?
  • How is this item relevant (or how might it be relevant) to students in Michigan?

In addition to discussing provocations posted by others (at minimum be sure to join the discussion around at least five), please find and post your own provocation no later than Sunday, January 19.

CLARIFICATION: When we say "post your own provocation," we mean FIND an intriguing image, map, quote, etc. out in the world and post it in this area together with a citation. In contrast, later on you will be making a "media artifact" as a first step toward crafting your proposal, and for that you will need to CREATE your own piece of media.

Childhood obesity is always...

Alyssa Schmidt's picture
Childhood obesity is always a problem in the United States, but recently I have been reading a lot about childhood obesity in low-income households, especially here In Michigan. Currently, almost twenty percent (one in five) of all four-year-old children are obese. This number is extremely high, especially for the risks childhood obesity comes with. Additionally, of this twenty percent, children that come from low-income families are twice as likely to be obese than are middle- and upper-income children.

We are all familiar with...

Brianna Morigney's picture
We are all familiar with the college admissions process. I think the college admissions process is becoming increasingly competitive which creates a system where people are paying top dollar for test prep courses, college admissions counselors and extra curricular activities. Although, I think it is important to encourage high schoolers to try their best in high school to get into higher education institutions. The current system pushes out low income people who are unable to hire tutors or pay money for impressive extracurricular activities.

The drinking age in our...

Alyssa Schmidt's picture
The drinking age in our country has been a topic of conversation that is very important to me. I strongly believe that it is extremely beneficial for the drinking age in the United States to be lowered to 18 from 21 to be in line with most of the world around us. For starters, when you turn 18 you a considered a completely legal adult. At 18 years old you can vote for the most powerful person in the country, you can buy a house, own a gun, and most importantly fight for our country in military forces.

Public transportation...

Dhruv Thakkar's picture
Public transportation within Detroit is in need of upheaval. The most challenging issue with creating a feasible transportation system is that these solutions do not connect the city with the suburbs. The majority of citizens that work in the city live in the suburbs, so to create an alternative solution that is practical it must be inter-connected. https://slate.com/business/2016/06/detroit-has-americas-worst-transit-system-could-the-regional-transit-master-plan-save-it.html

Childhood obesity is always...

Alyssa Schmidt's picture
Childhood obesity is always a problem in the United States, but recently I have been reading a lot about childhood obesity in low-income households, especially here In Michigan. Currently, almost twenty percent (one in five) of all four-year-old children are obese. This number is extremely high, especially for the risks childhood obesity comes with. Additionally, of this twenty percent, children that come from low-income families are twice as likely to be obese than are middle- and upper-income children.

We are all familiar with...

Brianna Morigney's picture
We are all familiar with the college admissions process. I think the college admissions process is becoming increasingly competitive which creates a system where people are paying top dollar for test prep courses, college admissions counselors and extra curricular activities. Although, I think it is important to encourage high schoolers to try their best in high school to get into higher education institutions. The current system pushes out low income people who are unable to hire tutors or pay money for impressive extracurricular activities.

The drinking age in our...

Alyssa Schmidt's picture
The drinking age in our country has been a topic of conversation that is very important to me. I strongly believe that it is extremely beneficial for the drinking age in the United States to be lowered to 18 from 21 to be in line with most of the world around us. For starters, when you turn 18 you a considered a completely legal adult. At 18 years old you can vote for the most powerful person in the country, you can buy a house, own a gun, and most importantly fight for our country in military forces.

Public transportation...

Dhruv Thakkar's picture
Public transportation within Detroit is in need of upheaval. The most challenging issue with creating a feasible transportation system is that these solutions do not connect the city with the suburbs. The majority of citizens that work in the city live in the suburbs, so to create an alternative solution that is practical it must be inter-connected. https://slate.com/business/2016/06/detroit-has-americas-worst-transit-system-could-the-regional-transit-master-plan-save-it.html

Is Michigan providing adequate funding for its students’ education?

Carly Armstrong's picture

A recent article by mLive argues that the Michigan education systems are dwindling, stunting students’ intellectual growth and potential to flourish: “Michigan isn't providing adequate funding for K-12 education, and policymakers must take into greater account the needs of each child, the collaborative said in a January 2018 report.

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