Annie Holmquist

Annie Holmquist

Senior Writer

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Annie is a senior writer with Intellectual Takeout. In her role, she assists with website content production and social media messaging.  

Annie received a B.A. in Biblical Studies from the University of Northwestern-St. Paul. She also brings 20+ years of experience as a music educator and a volunteer teacher – particularly with inner city children – to the table in her research and writing. 

In her spare time Annie enjoys the outdoors, gardening, reading, and events with family and friends.

Recent blog posts by this author

Fewer Doctors Are Telling Patients They’re Overweight

Not long ago, I heard a story of how a woman was incensed over the fact that a doctor told her to lose weight. It was gently pointed out to this person that it’s generally a doctor’s job to recognize health issues and bring them to a patient’s...

Does America Still Believe in its Own Ideas?

The other day, my mother handed me a couple of books she had found while sorting through my late grandfather’s belongings. One was entitled Military Science and Tactics: Infantry Basic Course, which I presume was left over from his days in basic...

Should Homeschoolers Be Allowed to Play Public School Sports?

Years ago, I was privy to an instance where a young, middle school girl was encouraged to join the swim team at her local neighborhood school. There was only one problem. The girl was homeschooled, a status which made her automatically ineligible...

Food Stamps and Soda Pop: A Bureaucratic Mess?

Should welfare recipients be able to buy unhealthy foods like soda and sweets on the government’s dime? That question was debated last week by lawmakers on Capitol Hill. According to CBS News: “Debate about how food-stamp benefits are spent...

4 Questions Every Intelligent Reader Should Ask

There’s no denying that the literacy levels in the U.S. are a bit alarming: 14% of adults can’t read. Only 13% of adults can read at a proficient level. 27% of adults didn’t read a book in the last year. 50% of adults can’t read a book...

New Study Suggests High School Curriculum is Dumbed Down

In recent years, a growing number of parents have watched in dismay as their children have been left behind and neglected in schools. But these children are not being left behind because the curriculum is too difficult. On the contrary, they are...

Mom Teaches Son to ‘Adult’ in a Refreshingly Creative Way

A few months ago, I wrote about “The Adulting School,” a place where parents can send their grown children to learn the skills they failed to teach them as young children. So far, the school seems to be a success, indicating that many from the...

White Males are Getting Trounced (See Chart)

Shortly after the 2016 election, Intellectual Takeout’s Martin Cothran noted that Donald Trump’s victory was achieved largely because the working class whites of America came together and voted as a minority bloc. The Economist recently affirmed...

Did Dickens Foretell the Modern Women’s Movement?

Over the last few years, I have been on a personal quest to read various classics I failed to pick up during my school years. The most recent of these was Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities, which I finished over the weekend. In reflecting on...

8 Reasons You Should NOT Read Great Books

Unless I miss my guess, almost every one of us have taken a quiz to see how many titles we’ve read from a list of 100 classic books. If you’re like me, you’ve probably read more than the average test taker, but your score still causes you to wince a...

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