LEADING educators have endorsed fast-food giants such as McDonald's being more involved in schools even if it means exposing students to brand advertising because governments can no longer be solely relied on to boost the education system.
One example highlighted was an online maths tuition program sponsored by McDonald's, which provides students with a range of numeracy exercises.
Institute of Public Affairs executive director John Roskam agreed. "I think we can all be a bit too sensitive about the couple of seconds that a golden arch or a can of fizzy drink is flashed in front of our kids," he said. "We have to understand there are trade-offs. If we do improve the numeracy standards of Australian kids, but the trade-off is they get five minutes of advertising a day, then I'll probably take that trade-off."
I wonder what kind of joy filled Utopia this land where kids are only exposed to 5 minutes of junk food advertising per day is?
Oh wait, he means five minutes extra. So that makes it about 95 minutes. Except of course for the slow kids, for whom it will take ten minutes to work out how many McShakes they will have left if they bought 3 McHappy meals and gave one to a [s]McFriend[/s] friend.