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POLS CH Interest Groups. STUDY. PLAY. Interest groups work to concentrate benefits for the few while distributing costs to the many. officials with the hope that the info will convince the official to vote/act in a manner favorable to the group's interest. Seek access to members of Congress. Have knowledge/expertise. Many trade and professional interest groups tend to give these types of benefits to their members. A selective solidary benefit is another type of benefit offered to members or prospective members . Interest groups can be divided into three categories based on the types of concerns that drive their lobbying efforts: economic groups, citizen groups, and single-issue groups. Economic groups seek public policies that will provide monetary benefits to their members.
That might be playing bagpipes, reenacting history, making homemade cheese, or white water rafting. Shared interests also foster greater enthusiasm and motivate us to expand our knowledge. In my family, interest-based groups have been an important part of homeschooling life.
We formed a number of these groups over the years. Some, like a history club made up of eager parents and not-so-eager young children, barely lasted long enough for a few meetings.
Others have lasted ten years. It was started by five families with nine boys between the ages of seven and eleven.
When we began it was highly structured. As time went by, more and more control over the science club was naturally taken over by the boys. They decided whose house was best for that activity and when the day came, together they carried out the project or experiment, often improvising with different approaches.
Our boys remained safe, happy, and increasingly savvy about many branches of science while running their own science club. Over the years one family moved away and another was welcomed to the club. The older boys have gone on to college, several into the sciences, one to Harvard graduate school on a full scholarship.
Build on what your children love to do. Depending on what your children and others who join decide, the group may expand to bird watching, letterboxing, geocaching, nature sketching, Volksmarching, any number of related activities.
Or they may choose to stick to the simple pleasure of hiking. Your children may not be hikers, but prefer fashioning swords from household objects to joust with their siblings.
There are plenty of ways to expand on those interests as well. Consider forming a special-interest group to enjoy fencing, foam fighting, Society for Creative Anachronism, writing and enacting scenes from the times of knights or high seas pirates, or live action role-playing games.
Just about any interest can spark friendship and learning in a group of children. Consider factors such as age range, group size, and location before starting a group. What factors are likely to contribute to interesting, enriching and fun experiences? How far are you willing to travel? For example if your daughter is eager to start up a journaling group for girls ages 11 to 13, you might consider forming a group for younger siblings who can meet at the same time for their own interest-based group.
Some interest-based groups develop out of casual get-togethers between friends. Some are formed as sub-groups within larger organizations such as block clubs, churches, or homeschool support groups. And others are the result of invitations spread on forums, lists, library bulletin boards and across homeschool networks.
How do you want to form the group? For older kids, you may want to hold an informal organizing get-together at the local park, library meeting room, or your backyard. Toss out questions to keep the ideas flowing and write down their suggestions.
This first get-together is also the easiest time to get some guidelines established. Consider questions such as: Do you prefer to agree to some basic rules or accommodate as the need arises? How will responsibility for group activities be shared?
Or simply launch into the first session instead of holding an organizing meeting. Their suggestions for activities, group name, and potential rules will more easily flow from that initial encounter.
Once your get-togethers begin, make sure that unstructured time is included. Build in ample time for kids to spend together after the activities are over. Friendships are a strong factor in motivating kids to stick with special interest groups.
Whenever possible, be open to the inevitable plans your children concoct with friends in these groups. Recognize that the group will grow and evolve.
Get-togethers between friends often naturally drift toward other activities as interests change.The special interest effect in action: the sugar quota At the federal level, one of the most often cited examples of the special interest effect is the sugar quota program, which places a cap on the amount of sugar that can be imported from other countries.
These groups work to gain or retain benefits for their members through advocacy, public campaigns, and lobbying governments to make changes in public policy.
There are a wide variety of interest groups representing a variety of constituencies including business, labor, consumers, other governments, and various single issue groups. 4. They allow for better representation of interests.
Members of interest groups and other social movements believe that they should better advance their causes and interests, whether it is protecting civil rights, voting rights and the environment, by uniting themselves for collective action.
Pros and Cons of Interest Groups. World Issues; Pros and Cons of Interest Groups. By. Crystal Lombardo - February 13, some interest groups pressure politicians and civilians, and may come to a point of committing serious crimes including bribery, corruption and fraud.
thinking only of their own benefits. 5. Risk of. Interest groups work hard to educate the public at large, government officials, their own members, and potential interest group members.
Mobilizing various publics. To influence policy-making, many groups rely on the efforts of people who are motivated to act on behalf of their issues and causes. Advocacy groups (also known as pressure groups, lobby groups, campaign groups, interest groups, or special interest groups) use various forms of advocacy in order to influence public opinion and/or policy.
They have played and continue to play an important part .