• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Social issues in The United Kingdom.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Clair Leask Social Issues In The United Kingdom Study Theme 5 : Income And Wealth In The United Kingdom Assessment 2 Decision Making Exercise Memo To : The Inverdee Council Memo From : Clair Leask Recommendation : I recommend that the Inverdee Council should not introduce a 'Positive Discrimination Policy'. I feel that all discrimination is negative and it is always wrong to select employees on any basis other than merit and ability. However, applicants from minority backgrounds have frequently had to surpass many more obstacles and difficulties than applicants from the majority, such as poor schooling and poor training. Therefore some may feel that positive discrimination levels the playing field. But still, positive discrimination leads to able applicants being unfairly passed over. This means that for some groups, positive discrimination, means reverse discrimination (source B). ...read more.

Middle

Minority applicants who were successful would become role models for future generations. This would be good for the minority and good for the economic welfare of the country since it would facilitate the development of bright, able youngsters from minority backgrounds. However, minorities themselves see positive discrimination as being condescending. It is rarely advocated by the minorities themselves but almost always by the majority out of a misguided sense of guilt. It could cause resentment in those who were passed over and this would be directed against those who were accepted. By bringing more minority applicants into the workplace, in an environment in which everyone works as part of a team, we can help alleviate such bigoted attitudes. This though may cause more divisions in the workplace. Another of our cultural ideals is that our society should be a meritocracy, in which the only criterion for selection is ability. ...read more.

Conclusion

Although I do not agree that the whole of the proposed 'Positive Discrimination Policy' should be introduced, I do feel that certain aspects of the policy would be beneficial if implemented. The 'Equal Access Policy' would provide opportunities for ethnic minorities who are not fluent in English a chance to read employment advertisements in their own language. This would only be feasible, however when advertising jobs which do not require fluency in English (source A2). In conclusion to my report I recommend that the proposed 'Positive Discrimination Policy' should not be implemented as I feel that having taken into consideration the arguments produced that any problems created outweigh any benefits gained (source B), but that the aspect of the 'Equal Access Policy' be introduced, as it would open up another field of opportunities for ethnic minorities. Clair Leask Chairperson of Inverdee Council's Policy and Staffing Committee Clair Leask 1 ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Prejudice and Discrimination section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Prejudice and Discrimination essays

  1. Racism is a term that is often used to describe a variety of social, ...

    According to Professor Monteith, "Our hidden prejudices run so deep, we are quick to judge, fear and even hate the unknown" (2002, p. 44). It is this rush to judgment, coupled with the fear of the unknown, which creates powerful culturally-reinforced subdivisions of "us" and "them" (Monteith and Winters, 2002).

  2. Examine the theological arguments for and against the ordination of women to the priesthood.

    universal rejection of the idea of ordaining women: "Jesus treated women with respect but he did not call them to be members of the inner circle of disciples known as the Twelve." "Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection.

  1. Discrimination in Employment

    of staff, who were recruited at a higher grade when setting up the service, in circumstances where it would otherwise have been impossible to recruit new staff. The employers established that it was their intention to recruit all new staff on to the lower grade, and thus the defence would succeed in that case.

  2. Christians should not become involved in political issues ?

    we will all die anyway * We have a responsibility to other living things as well as ourselves * What expectations do we have about the standard of living we should have, and is this too high? How might individual Christians respond to racism, directed either at themselves or someone else?

  1. Gender issues - "Women should remain at home, sit still, bear and bring up ...

    'The Myth of the Male Breadwinner which I have read as a background source to this unit. The article also points out a tendency for the importance of female labour in the total work force to have been undervalued during the whole of this century.

  2. Describe and assess the social position of a minority ethnic group in any one ...

    Migrant labour was seen as a way of filling the jobs that the others did not want. Employers, white employees and their trade unions channelled migrants into those jobs, which were low-paid, had poor conditions and involved shift work. Almost from its inception, New Commonwealth migration into Britain prompted rigorous public debate about its desirability.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work