Aussie Critics Rip Micky D's McMath Tutoring
Program is sneaky marketing push, charge educators
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 20, 2009 7:47 AM CDT
Critics of Australia's 'McMath' program say the chain should stay out of the education business.    (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
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(Newser) – Nutritionists and educators are having trouble swallowing McDonald's sponsorship of an online math program, the Guardian reports. The tutoring program, available free to schools and students across Australia, features the golden arches logo on its front page. Australia's government commended McDonald's for providing the resource, but critics see it as nothing more than a marketing campaign, notes the Australia News Network.

McDonald's "should stick to making hamburgers and the government should stick to educating children," said an education spokesman from an opposition party. Queensland blocked the launch of the program,  saying it was "inappropriate for public servants to endorse products."