Annie Holmquist's Blog

Annie Holmquist's Blog

Can You Pass this Century-Old History Exam?

Can You Pass this Century-Old History Exam?

Only 18 percent of today's 8th graders are proficient in U.S. history, and barely any could probably pass this test. 

Why are Men Getting Shut Out of the Workforce?

Why are Men Getting Shut Out of the Workforce?

The number of prime-age men in the labor force is declining with each generation.

Free College Works--If You Want to Help the Rich

Free College Works--If You Want to Help the Rich

England ditched free college because it only increased inequities between rich and poor.

Why Decline in Religion Might Be Driving the Campus Protests

Why Decline in Religion Might Be Driving the Campus Protests

Has the diminishment of one part of the First Amendment led to the squelching of another?

What Princess Charlotte’s Portrait Teaches Us about Raising Adults

What Princess Charlotte’s Portrait Teaches Us about Raising Adults

The Royals have caught onto an idea that’s been completely overlooked by all of us commoners across the pond.

3 Reasons One Public School Advocate is Giving Up on the System

3 Reasons One Public School Advocate is Giving Up on the System

A former public school teacher and supporter has changed her tune: "Everyone who can leave, should."

Children Have Amazing Powers of Memorization… So Why Aren’t Schools Using Them?

Children Have Amazing Powers of Memorization… So Why Aren’t Schools Using Them?

We’ve flipped things around, shunning memorization and instead asking young children to reason based on their limited experience and feelings.

This 1886 Cornell English Syllabus May Explain Why College Students Can’t Write

This 1886 Cornell English Syllabus May Explain Why College Students Can’t Write

Unfortunately, today's colleges aren't improving the writing woes of American students.

What Caused the Collapse of Parental Authority?

What Caused the Collapse of Parental Authority?

Parental authority seems to have all but disappeared in many families. Instead, children are given the velvet glove treatment.

Duke Professor’s 1991 Warning about Campus Chaos is Oddly Prophetic

Duke Professor’s 1991 Warning about Campus Chaos is Oddly Prophetic

By exchanging objectivity for the tribal mentality, have universities fallen on their sword and done themselves in years ago without realizing it?