Archive for: April 2014

The Law Of SAMEness

By Mike O’Hern, Center Director of Mathnasium of West Knoxville



Last month we talked a bit about the beginnings of fractions, starting with halves, then moving stealthily into fractions (aka “portions” in that article).  But that was just a start, and eventually we have to get into the nitty-gritty, which includes some concepts and terminology that may not come that easily to every student.  But it should come a bit more easily to your student, because you have this month’s article! Read more →

A Father’s Guide For Healthy Teens

By Mike O’Hern, Center Director of Mathnasium of West Knoxville


When my kids were young, there seemed to be no shortage of people with older kids who would say, “Just wait until they’re teenagers – you’ll hate them.” I recoiled every time I heard it, and to this day, I simply don’t understand it. My kids were always respectful, did every chore cheerfully, never made bad decisions and were just all-around angels. Well, maybe not. But still, we did survive the teenage years without ever hating each other.

I did have the advantage of having worked with youth for a number of years, though, and while it is often easier to deal with someone else’s kids than your own, there are some things that are virtually universal. Read more →

An Interview With The Superintendent


This month, Knoxville Parent sat down with Knox County Schools Superintendent, Jim McIntyre, to talk about the school system’s past and future strategic plans, the challenges to and opportunities for successful implementation of these plans, and how public education can be an effective spring board for knox County’s students, as they prepare for their futures. Read more →