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Affirmative Action

A series of policies a government or organization pursues to help a given demographic group, especially a historical minority, in work and/or education. Affirmative action may be mild; for example, race may be one of a number of factors a university considers when deciding admission. On the other hand, it may impose stringent requirements; for example, a government may oblige companies to abide by gender quotas when hiring.

Affirmative action as a policy is quite controversial. Proponents argue it helps engender equality among groups in society. Critics contend it does (or at least can) reward less qualified persons at the expense of more qualified persons.

The term "affirmative action" is predominantly American. The concept is called positive discrimination in the United Kingdom, employment equity in Canada and reservation in India.
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Of the 21 Positive Action intervention lessons taught, nine lessons were revised by the research team to combine two lessons from the published curriculum into one lesson.
By way of example, if a primary school has no male teachers the governing body of the school could use positive action to appoint a male candidate who is of equal merit (with the same qualifications, skill and experience) to a female candidate in order to increase the representation of men within the staff group.
Positive Action utilizes student/teacher contact and involves parents.
The meeting included discussions about the 50+ Positive Action Partnership and is aimed at ensuring the health and independence of the over-50s living in Caerphilly.
I think he's a token in the Republican Party," says Earl Ofari Hutchinson, author, political commentator, and president of the Inglewood, California-based National Alliance for Positive Action.
We believe this will be an issue that will inform you and move you toward positive action.
The organization will use the study's findings as a basis for the campaign, which is designed to "inspire, fund, and mobilize young people to take positive action in their communities.
He later recalled the questions in his mind as he considered what to say: "How could I make a speech that would be militant enough to keep my people aroused to positive action and yet moderate enough to keep this fervor within controllable and Christian bounds?
Brian has an amazing talent of bringing to every task a unique charisma and the ability to lead people to take positive action.
Photographs of students who have been helpful are pinned on notice boards and along the corridors there are numerous positive action memory jogs.
The notion that some positive action might be taken at the national level to promote decent, adequately funded long-term care is just beginning to take hold.
In another positive action, the Supreme Court declined to review a lower court ruling that struck down a Louisiana law mandating the insertion of a disclaimer about evolution into public school science textbooks.

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