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 20.

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.

Baby Bonds as a solution to racial economic inequality

Hannah Craig's picture

Here is a link to an interesting article describing a proposal for combatting racial economic inequality: Baby Bonds. I think this is an interesting, and idealistic solution, but I also lack a background in economics, so I would be interested to see what others think.

School District Budgets

Bella Mattera's picture

https://www.mlive.com/news/index.ssf/2017/02/50_michigan_school_districts_w_1.html In Michigan, there is a significant disparity between the counties that spend the least on their students and the counties that spend the most on their students. On the higher side, school districts pay about $60,000 per student, whereas at the other end of the spectrum, schools pay about $14,000 per student. It is possible that the amount spent per student varies depending on how much the school district can afford.

Malingering - Tied to...

Henry Burke's picture
Malingering - Tied to Students with Learning Impairments http://dailybruin.com/2004/12/05/idifficult-for-test-takers-to/

Computers in the Classroom

Dylan Dorfman's picture

The article attached explores the pros and cons of using computers in the classroom. In today's society, we are very technology structured and dependent, but that doesn't come with its downsides. I for one think computers have more enhanced my learning than hurt it. The computer provides me with search engines always accessible, a means to communicate with peers, and allows me to cultivate learning to my own personal needs. Some will argue that computers provide multiple distractions, and that students benefit more from hand-written notes instead.

Compostable Cutlery, as advertised?

Stefan Santrach (TC)'s picture

You've probably encountered the compostable cups or cutlery at events on campus. Above is a graphic from the Wall Street Journal regarding the proper composting process for these industrial items and what happens if they are sorted improperly. Article

 

What thoughts does this bring up to members of the caucus? A few to help start you off or feel free to discuss anything that you think of:

This political cartoon...

Tyler Berger's picture
This political cartoon above portrays a Michigan politician's view regarding the issue of water in Flint, Michigan. The cartoon shows the state of Michigan throwing young kids down what appears to be a slide, but also resembles water pipes. This slide leads the kids into a pool of death, demonstrating the severity of this problem. The artist clearly doesn't believe that the state of Michigan is doing everything it can to solve the ongoing problem. However, the credibility of the artist and his opinion is unknown.

Baby Bonds as a solution to racial economic inequality

Hannah Craig's picture

Here is a link to an interesting article describing a proposal for combatting racial economic inequality: Baby Bonds. I think this is an interesting, and idealistic solution, but I also lack a background in economics, so I would be interested to see what others think.

School District Budgets

Bella Mattera's picture

https://www.mlive.com/news/index.ssf/2017/02/50_michigan_school_districts_w_1.html In Michigan, there is a significant disparity between the counties that spend the least on their students and the counties that spend the most on their students. On the higher side, school districts pay about $60,000 per student, whereas at the other end of the spectrum, schools pay about $14,000 per student. It is possible that the amount spent per student varies depending on how much the school district can afford.

Malingering - Tied to...

Henry Burke's picture
Malingering - Tied to Students with Learning Impairments http://dailybruin.com/2004/12/05/idifficult-for-test-takers-to/

Computers in the Classroom

Dylan Dorfman's picture

The article attached explores the pros and cons of using computers in the classroom. In today's society, we are very technology structured and dependent, but that doesn't come with its downsides. I for one think computers have more enhanced my learning than hurt it. The computer provides me with search engines always accessible, a means to communicate with peers, and allows me to cultivate learning to my own personal needs. Some will argue that computers provide multiple distractions, and that students benefit more from hand-written notes instead.

Compostable Cutlery, as advertised?

Stefan Santrach (TC)'s picture

You've probably encountered the compostable cups or cutlery at events on campus. Above is a graphic from the Wall Street Journal regarding the proper composting process for these industrial items and what happens if they are sorted improperly. Article

 

What thoughts does this bring up to members of the caucus? A few to help start you off or feel free to discuss anything that you think of:

This political cartoon...

Tyler Berger's picture
This political cartoon above portrays a Michigan politician's view regarding the issue of water in Flint, Michigan. The cartoon shows the state of Michigan throwing young kids down what appears to be a slide, but also resembles water pipes. This slide leads the kids into a pool of death, demonstrating the severity of this problem. The artist clearly doesn't believe that the state of Michigan is doing everything it can to solve the ongoing problem. However, the credibility of the artist and his opinion is unknown.
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