10 ways you can support the MAC project and offer our children a better alternative than the current National Curriculum
MAC has been developed with the aim of developing a viable, life-based alternative to the current National Curriculum for young children.
The initial concept and development was a one-person labour of love. The next stage of development — the refinement and promotion of the framework — needs many more people involved.
You are invited to be one of those people.
MAC is very obviously and directly relevant to people in education — children, teachers, governors. But the Merged Action Curriculum is actually relevant to us all.
Whether your interest is in promoting healthy lifestyles and well-being, the future of the arts, community cohesion, the way we use the planet’s resources — or one of the many other areas of importance and concern in the modern world — you can support by helping us shape a curriculum that meets the needs of the next generation of young people.
10 ways you can support the MAC project
- Join the discussion
- Give us feedback
- Follow us on Twitter
- Join our email list
- Contribute a post to the site
- Try out MAC elements in your school
- Contribute to refining the study action areas
- Develop and deliver a presentation for teachers
- Undertake some research
- Help us with funding
Join the discussion
There is a need for a great national debate on education. This website is intended to be an open forum for comment, feedback and discussion.
Our young children deserve better than the current National Curriculum. Join the discussion.
Give us feedback
Your feedback is important to us in developing our message and materials.
Your comments might relate to the content and your reaction to it. Or it could be advice on website improvements, or alerting us to people and organisations who may be interested in the life-based approach.
Follow us on Twitter
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Join our email list
Joining our email list is an easy way to keep in touch.
This provides us with an opportunity to keep you in touch with our posts and the progress we are making in raising the profile of our life-based approach to learning.
Contribute a post to the site
We are particularly interested in posts relating to any one of the nine domains: obesity, diabetes, lifestyle (The Body); mental ill-health (The Emotions); cognition and meta-cognition (The Mind); the importance of communication (Communication); relationships issues — personal and work (Relationships); social breakdown/problems (Community); and topics dealing with the environment and humankind’s management of the planet (Plant Life, Animal Life and The Physical World).
Try out MAC elements in your school
MAC can be used to trigger one-off mini-projects such as a series of lessons to develop pupil self-worth; the introduction of brain-based strategies; developing children’s sensitivity to para- and body-language; or action children can take to live sustainably.
There are opportunities for teachers in charge of subjects or curriculum areas to devise a curriculum plan to deliver any of the nine learning domains for a whole-school approach, combining National Curriculum and other information to create a coherent MAC learning programme.
We would be delighted to hear of any initiatives undertaken.
Contribute to refining the study action areas
Each of the nine learning domains provides specimen content. Specimen content is our interpretation of the main areas of learning. This content is up for discussion and improvement. You are invited to choose and make suggestions on any one of the domains for better ways of expressing the content and additions to the content.
Develop and deliver a presentation for teachers
We are keen to spread the word among teachers and others involved in education, generating discussion and debate as a first step to bringing about meaningful change.
There are ten presentations to be developed — the Merged Action Curriculum in its entirety as well as each of the nine learning domains.
Undertake some research
A separate research and development page is devoted to suggestions for relevant research. There are opportunities for teachers in training to consult with their tutors to undertake their thesis based on an aspect of the Merged Action Curriculum. An obvious area is the Mind learning domain where so much research is needed. Development of a history and geography curriculum from a community perspective is another.
Help us with funding
The purpose of the website is to convince government of the need to replace the current National Curriculum with the life-based Merged Action Curriculum.
We are looking for a person or organization to fund the creation of a development plan with costings.
The purpose of the plan is to sort out what is required to promote our objective. We have ideas of what is required such as: further expertise in website management; website promotion across other platforms; and content writers and consultants to develop and deliver website content, CPD, lectures and information to schools, conferences and trade shows.
We will work in agreement with the funder to engage a suitable company to produce the plan. In this way the funder will know that the funding is being put to good use. Funders may wish to take a greater, or lesser, control of the planning whether it is an entrepreneur, a university looking to take on the project, or a celebrity looking to promote our radical new way of educating children to meet the demands of the modern world.
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