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, September 16.

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.

Should We Lower the Drinking Age?

Jonathan Green's picture

Although the legal drinking age in the US is 21 years old, studies and statistics have shown that the consumption of alcohol by people under the age of 21 years old is extremely common.  In fact, 2017 studies and surveys by multiple sources reported that more than 40% of underage people surveyed claimed to have consumed alcohol on numerous occasions.  Underage drinking could lead to issues in cognitive development, memory retention, and social problems.  Although only 40% of people surveyed admitted to consuming alcohol underage, we see way more than 40% of students underage

High Tech Security Systems...

faith gilette's picture
High Tech Security Systems and officers involving schools... Is it necessary? It is necessary in my opinion because there are so many schools shootings taking place all over the world. these systems help keep tract of who ans what enters the school. I believe metal detectors on the doors would be a hood improvement because then you can really see when someones trying to cause a disruption. There's a big player in those things that most schools don't have though witch is money. Most places cant afford these things but if we can raise money for them?

Wayne County's Mounting...

faith gilette's picture
Wayne County's Mounting Pollution Problem. How should the state address this growing air pollution problem that is caused in large part by coal burning plants? I believe people should start recycling more some how some way convince the people in these polluted neighborhoods to save themselves! teach school? inspire kids to do the right thing as they are young so they recognize the importance and make a change in the community. The issue with the coal burning plants... is there a way we can create a plant that doesn't burn coal and use a different element?

Air Pollution In Detroit

Isaiah Wartell's picture

Wayne County's Mounting Pollution Problem - For decades, residents from the City of Detroit and nearby downriver neighborhoods have been affected by a number of heavy industrial operations in their communities. The Michigan Department of Community Health has deemed this area the “Epicenter of Asthma Burden,” due to the health consequences these local families face. 92 Schools in Wayne country are in areas where the air is unsafe to breathe. 

How should the state address this growing air pollution problem that is caused in large part by coal burning plants?

Safe Spaces

Dylan Bell's picture

In America today there is a trend of "safe spaces" that is effecting students everywhere. “There are two ideas about safe spaces,” this is where students can get together without being exposed to ideas and speech that make them feel uncomfortable. The good part of these are “being physically safe on campus, not being subjected to sexual harassment and physical abuse. But there is another view that is now ascendant … It’s a horrible view, which is that ‘I need to be safe ideologically, I need to be safe emotionally, I just need to feel good all the time.

New Security Systems in Place Across Schools in Michigan

Lindsey Simon's picture

Security has become a new top priority this school year as they are taking matters into their own hands before their students and staff become victims of the next mass school shootings in America. Do you think these high-tech security systems are necessary? If high schools across Michigan are doing it, should college campuses be securing their buildings in the same way?

https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/education/2018/08/28/michigan-schools-security/1008550002/

Jordan Peterson and the Political Realm

Austin Gould TC's picture

Jordan Peterson has rose to fame for his intellect stemming from religious ideology to modern politics. His beliefs, regardless of your political affiliation, are backed by an excellent ability to articulate his words. What do members of the Caucus think of his rise to fame? How do some of the topics he discusses relate to Michigan and the University of Michigan?

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/jordan-peterson-is-here-to-explain-the-gender-pay-gap-to-the-media

https://life.spectator.co.uk/2017/09/jordan-peterson-and-the-transgender-wars/

Transgender Rights

Hunter Principe's picture

A transgender is a person whose sense of personal identity and gender does not correspond with their birth sex. The transgender population has been on the rise in our progressive society that has become more accepting and respectful to these people. Transgenders struggle every day to feel comfortable in society and it takes a lot of courage to let others know their true gender identity. In politics today, there is much discussion regarding the rights transgenders should have. Some questions I have for Caucus and that have been discussed in much political debate are...

It is interesting to see...

Ali Ahmed's picture
It is interesting to see what the nature of Michigan's northern schools is like. As someone who has grown up in Michigan and experienced the tourism in northern Michigan, I find it tragic that the K-12 school systems are struggling so pervasively. It makes me wonder, knowing that the state knows these schools are struggling, what is being done to improve them? Source: https://www.bridgemi.com/talent-education/tale-two-schools-michigans-resort-paradise

Should college athletes be...

Cooper Siegel's picture
Should college athletes be paid? This discussion has been a topic of conversation every single year in sports. This argument has always been prominent but really gain momentum in the early 1990's with University of Michigan's "Fab Five". I would love to hear all of your opinions on this topic. Here is an article that discusses whether or not college athletes should be paid: http://law.scu.edu/wp-content/uploads/Should-College-Athletes-Be-Paid.pdf

Should We Lower the Drinking Age?

Jonathan Green's picture

Although the legal drinking age in the US is 21 years old, studies and statistics have shown that the consumption of alcohol by people under the age of 21 years old is extremely common.  In fact, 2017 studies and surveys by multiple sources reported that more than 40% of underage people surveyed claimed to have consumed alcohol on numerous occasions.  Underage drinking could lead to issues in cognitive development, memory retention, and social problems.  Although only 40% of people surveyed admitted to consuming alcohol underage, we see way more than 40% of students underage

High Tech Security Systems...

faith gilette's picture
High Tech Security Systems and officers involving schools... Is it necessary? It is necessary in my opinion because there are so many schools shootings taking place all over the world. these systems help keep tract of who ans what enters the school. I believe metal detectors on the doors would be a hood improvement because then you can really see when someones trying to cause a disruption. There's a big player in those things that most schools don't have though witch is money. Most places cant afford these things but if we can raise money for them?

Wayne County's Mounting...

faith gilette's picture
Wayne County's Mounting Pollution Problem. How should the state address this growing air pollution problem that is caused in large part by coal burning plants? I believe people should start recycling more some how some way convince the people in these polluted neighborhoods to save themselves! teach school? inspire kids to do the right thing as they are young so they recognize the importance and make a change in the community. The issue with the coal burning plants... is there a way we can create a plant that doesn't burn coal and use a different element?

Air Pollution In Detroit

Isaiah Wartell's picture

Wayne County's Mounting Pollution Problem - For decades, residents from the City of Detroit and nearby downriver neighborhoods have been affected by a number of heavy industrial operations in their communities. The Michigan Department of Community Health has deemed this area the “Epicenter of Asthma Burden,” due to the health consequences these local families face. 92 Schools in Wayne country are in areas where the air is unsafe to breathe. 

How should the state address this growing air pollution problem that is caused in large part by coal burning plants?

Safe Spaces

Dylan Bell's picture

In America today there is a trend of "safe spaces" that is effecting students everywhere. “There are two ideas about safe spaces,” this is where students can get together without being exposed to ideas and speech that make them feel uncomfortable. The good part of these are “being physically safe on campus, not being subjected to sexual harassment and physical abuse. But there is another view that is now ascendant … It’s a horrible view, which is that ‘I need to be safe ideologically, I need to be safe emotionally, I just need to feel good all the time.

New Security Systems in Place Across Schools in Michigan

Lindsey Simon's picture

Security has become a new top priority this school year as they are taking matters into their own hands before their students and staff become victims of the next mass school shootings in America. Do you think these high-tech security systems are necessary? If high schools across Michigan are doing it, should college campuses be securing their buildings in the same way?

https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/education/2018/08/28/michigan-schools-security/1008550002/

Jordan Peterson and the Political Realm

Austin Gould TC's picture

Jordan Peterson has rose to fame for his intellect stemming from religious ideology to modern politics. His beliefs, regardless of your political affiliation, are backed by an excellent ability to articulate his words. What do members of the Caucus think of his rise to fame? How do some of the topics he discusses relate to Michigan and the University of Michigan?

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/jordan-peterson-is-here-to-explain-the-gender-pay-gap-to-the-media

https://life.spectator.co.uk/2017/09/jordan-peterson-and-the-transgender-wars/

Transgender Rights

Hunter Principe's picture

A transgender is a person whose sense of personal identity and gender does not correspond with their birth sex. The transgender population has been on the rise in our progressive society that has become more accepting and respectful to these people. Transgenders struggle every day to feel comfortable in society and it takes a lot of courage to let others know their true gender identity. In politics today, there is much discussion regarding the rights transgenders should have. Some questions I have for Caucus and that have been discussed in much political debate are...

It is interesting to see...

Ali Ahmed's picture
It is interesting to see what the nature of Michigan's northern schools is like. As someone who has grown up in Michigan and experienced the tourism in northern Michigan, I find it tragic that the K-12 school systems are struggling so pervasively. It makes me wonder, knowing that the state knows these schools are struggling, what is being done to improve them? Source: https://www.bridgemi.com/talent-education/tale-two-schools-michigans-resort-paradise

Should college athletes be...

Cooper Siegel's picture
Should college athletes be paid? This discussion has been a topic of conversation every single year in sports. This argument has always been prominent but really gain momentum in the early 1990's with University of Michigan's "Fab Five". I would love to hear all of your opinions on this topic. Here is an article that discusses whether or not college athletes should be paid: http://law.scu.edu/wp-content/uploads/Should-College-Athletes-Be-Paid.pdf
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