Religion, education and airports are in play for this week’s "Naples Daily NewsMakers with Jeff Lytle’’ program airing Sunday morning at 10 on ABC7.
Jim Towey, Ave Maria University president, discusses the resignation of the president of Ohio State over remarks about Catholics and Notre Dame. Chris Curry, director of Collier County airports, is asked if he can salvage his job with a successful airports business plan, and if not, will he sue? Tony Bennett, Florida education commissioner, reviews the upcoming Core Curriculum program.
Here are excerpts.
* Video highlights will be posted Monday at naplesnews.com/newsmakers
Lytle: Part of your business plan is to drill for oil and gas on the Immokalee airport property. Can you tell us just a little bit about that?
Curry: Well, approximately a year ago we were approached by a company that was doing business around the area with the Colliers, and they were interested in leasing land on the airport to explore all gas and mineral rights opportunities. And so now we’re at the point where we’re going to put out an RFP ...
Lytle ... Request for proposal ...
Curry: ... Request for proposal to see if anything can be discovered. And initially we’ll get up-front money for the lease of the land, and if royalties are discovered, hopefully it’s enough to make the airport self-sufficient.
Lytle: When you first heard the reports about what The Ohio State University president said about Catholics and Notre Dame, did you take that seriously? Or did you say, oh, there goes (Gordon) Gee again.
Towey: No, I didn’t take it seriously, but I think people don’t recognize that even when you say stuff in jest, it could be feeding other people’s biases and attitudes and have a negative effect. So I think you have to be careful when you’re a public figure. He is a public figure.
But no, I didn’t think he was trying to start some vitriol.
Lytle: The other part of the story, I think, is that if you listen to the audio tape of this ... his Ohio State audience was cracking up.
Towey: Yeah, well, he’s got a reputation for being funny and now that he’s no longer employed at Ohio State, maybe he can go a be comedian.
Lytle: Please talk to me about separating fact from fiction. Let’s start at what Common Core is and what it is not.
Bennett: Common Core is a set of standards, what we expect our children to know. I think a common example is that a student should reach sixth grade understanding ratios, proportions, fractions and percentages. Those are building blocks to algebra.
What it Common Core isn’t is saying how teachers teach, what material they use to help students master that standard.
So, you know, I’ve been a guy who has been involved in Common Core really for a long time. And I have never been engaged in discussions that mandate curriculum. I believe curriculum instructions should be left to teachers and local schools and districts. The standards are things that states have set for many years.