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Date: Sun, 14 Dec 97 13:31:51 CST
From: Bob Olsen <bobolsen@arcos.org>
Subject: Oz: McD moves into Schools as Curriculum
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 1997
From: Neil Cheney <cheneyn@zen.ocean.com.au>
Subject: McDonalds and Education

McDonalds and Education

From: Neil Cheney <cheneyn@zen.ocean.com.au>
14 December 1997

Hi there.....

I'm sure you would be aware of this small fact but I thought I'd mention it to you just in case. The McDonalds Corporation here in Victoria, Australia have now linked into our formal government education system.

The Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) is the final two years of high school here prior to university entrance. Such progression to uni is determined by your TER (teritiary entrance ranking) score on your VCE.

As of next year McDonalds employees can earn an additional 10 bonus TER points simply by being assessed by their bosses at McDonalds.

Believe me 10 TER points is a hell of an addition to kids fighting for university places.

The Victorian government has so far limited this corporate prostitution of our education system to only one company, McDonalds, but more of the bigger companies are waiting in the wings.

The public outcry has been fairly muted - most of the protest coming from trained teachers who oppose the assessment of children by untrained McDonalds crew bosses.

As I said, you probably know all this, but I thought it was worth mentioning - just in case.

Cheers and keep up the information flow -
Neil Cheney, cheneyn@ocean.com.au