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Adoption Changes From Past To Present
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... in current adoption practices. Many adoption agencies have supported the policy of confidentiality, but several agencies are moving towards increased information sharing. It is estimated that more than 60,000 Americans are in search of birth parents or children from whom they were separated as result of adoption (“Court”). This desire to know information about birth parents or adoptees has changed the attitude towards adoption. Closed adoption procedures were born in the late 19th century (Batton). At that time, having a child outside of marriage was considered shameful, and the secrecy of closed adoption protected the birth mother from facing social critici ...

Gays In The Military
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... In order to effectively examine this topic the following concepts will be discussed: an analysis of the current Department Of Defense policy concerning gays, solutions to reduce homophobia in the military, a policy model concerning homosexuals in the military ( Lepicer 1-14 ). Prior to the arrival of the Clinton Administration with its agenda to radically revise military policy regarding the acceptance and treatment of homosexuals, Department of Defense policy was well established and clear. Legal questions began to be raised in civilian courts challenging the military exclusion and discharge policies in the 1960's and 1970's. The services were forced to exp ...

Safety In Institutions
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... demonstarte examples of abuse. A common threat towards inmates, was the fear of a prison official not liking you. In the movie The Hill, the sargent who was second in command, made sure he maximized his authority, by making the inmates know who had all the power. The sargent in this movie expressed his hatred towards one of the inmates , by making him and his cell mates, do excrutiating excercises in the middle of the hot dessert. The physical abuse of running up and down a hill, would surely lead to heat exaution, fainting spells or even in an extreme case death. Taken from the movie If, a second example of physical abuse is shown. Had rediculous rules of alway ...

Materialism In The 1920’s
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... about how their imported from France and the price of them just to impress people. He also is never wearing a cheap watch or suit. When he ever goes down to New York city to his lunch inns with Wolfshien or his other materialistic friends. Gatsby also brags and over exaggerates when a person asks him where he got his education from and his money. From this he gives a person a length full excuse just to impress who ever it is. Here is an example of Gatsby over talking a subject. “I am the son of some wealthy people in the middle-west--- all dead now. I was brought up in America but educated at Oxford because all my ancestors have been educated there for many years. ...

Causes Of Divorces
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... raised how she feels is right. This flares up arguments between the husband and wife, and also causes tension for the kids. Together this can led itself to a family splitting up due to cultural differences. A major and unpleasant cause of divorce is unfaithfulness between spouses. When one spouse commits adultery it can easily and quickly tear up a marriage. This could be due to lack of trust, lost of interest, or the cheating spouse choosing the "new" love. Being in this situation for either partner is never easy and when children are involved, the situation only becomes worse. Sometimes with counseling it can be worked through, but when it is not fixable de ...

Affirmative Action Today
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... representation. As a result, affirmative action has produced undesirable problems in the American culture. The term "affirmative action" was first used in 1961 by President John F. Kennedy. He signed Executive Order 10925 that stated "the contractor will take affirmative action to ensure that applicants are employed, and employees are treated during their employment, without regard to their race, creed, color, or national origin" (qtd. in Hall 898). In 1954, the Brown decision [Brown v. Board of Education] required racial desegregation in schools and other public places. The Brown decision led to "the enactment of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, soon supplemented ...

Teenagers And Sex
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... make this happen, because believe it or not, 98% of parents say they need help in talking to their children about sex. 83% of teens who give birth are low-income or poor. Maybe these teens can’t afford to learn more about sex. We need to teach this in more of our schools! The average teen spends 23 hours per week watching TV. Prime time TV contains roughly three sexual acts PER hour! Studies have proven that this viewing is associated with sexually permissive attitudes and behaviors. Until we, as a society, decide to take charge and develop responsible media messages that encourage positive behaviors and attitudes, this will continue. I disagree very strongly with ...

College Fraternities
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... develop social, organizational, and study skills, and also teaches true, everlasting friendship. As a matter of fact most of our presidents were members of a Greek organization. "The first fraternity was founded for literary and social purposes at The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia on December 5th 1776." (Klepper 1937:24) Throughout the nineteenth century many new fraternities were founded, but none of these were permanent. By the end of the nineteenth century there were over thirty general fraternities in the country. Today's fraternities still have the characteristics of past fraternities. These characteristics ...

Relations Between Canada And Japan
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... as a source of cheap labour to develop remote areas of North America particularly in the west. It is within this period of time we begin to see the discrimination begin against the first Japanese generation (Nikkei) in Canada. During the Second World War, Japanese Canadians were persecuted and were the victims of national discrimination. Japan had entered the war as an ally of Germany and had bombed the United States. As a result of the bombing at Pearl Harbour the relations between Japan and the US deteriorated which had a direct affect on Japanese living in the States. The dietitian of US-Japan relation had some influence on the prejudice Japanese expe ...

Communication Skills
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... person you are talking to more attentive, thus, more interested. The speaker must also be aware of his environment and the people he is speaking to. Environment plays a lot with what you say and try to convey to people. If you hear a bird chirping, you might incorporate it to what you where just about to say. This makes the person you're talking to even more comfortable with what you are trying to convey with your thoughts and ideas. This is how different things can effect one's communication skill, speaking. A second communication skill is body language, a very personal way of expressing yourself without words. One's body language can carry a whole convers ...

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