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

4 Ways to Avoid Being Fooled By Propaganda

We live in a society where propaganda is hurled at us nearly every waking hour. One need only recall the last election to verify that such a statement is true.  Unfortunately, the vast majority of the public is ill-equipped to deal with this...

Why a Former Chicago Public School Teacher is Advocating Vouchers

It's unlikely that Marilyn Rhames ever thought she would be advocating for school choice and *gasp* vouchers. As a black, public school teacher from Chicago, such a position was not on her radar. But her position changed as she saw the public...

How Colleges Drag Out Degree Programs Longer than Necessary

In recent years, a growing number of colleges have been rolling out accelerated 3-year degree plans. New York University is one of the latest and most prestigious to do so. According to Inside Higher Ed, the move comes in an effort to trim costs and...

Teaching Chess to Kids Spurs Academic Achievement

Over the weekend, 60 Minutes featured an unusual story about the small, backwoods area of Franklin County, Mississippi. Like much of Mississippi, Franklin County isn’t exactly known for its wealth or educational excellence. But that may be...

Feminist Author: Women Need to Stop Playing the Victim

Ask most feminists who the foremost victim in society is and they will likely say women. Fay Weldon, British feminist and author of The Life and Loves of a She-Devil likely would have said the same at one point in life. Now, however, she suggests...

Why People Are Freaking Out Over United Airlines’ Dress Code

I arrived in the office this morning to hear that another outpouring of outrage had occurred over the weekend. This time, however, the outrage was not happening on a college campus, as seems to be so often the case, but in a United Airlines terminal...

Are You on Track to Read the Average Number of Books Before You Die? (See Chart)

Ever wonder how many books you’ll have read by the time you die? We may never know the answer to that question, but we might be able to guess how many we have remaining. A recent article in Quartz highlights just that in two fascinating graphs...

3 Things the U.S. Could Learn from Israel’s Education System

It’s no secret that the U.S. has a mediocre education system. When ranked against other first-world nations, it’s not hard to see that a continuation of such trends will eventually leave America flailing in business, industry, and innovation. But...

Preschooler Gets Week-long Suspension for Picking Up Shell Casing

Once upon a time, a 7-year-old boy was suspended from school for making his pop-tart into a gun. With the outrage that ensued over such a punishment, one would have thought that common sense would have returned by now in regards to harmless...

College Prez: ‘I’m Scared’ by Rise of Emotionalism on Campus

We’ve seen campus discord explode in recent years and it seems to be picking up steam in the past few months. Whether it’s the issue of Halloween costumes at Yale, or white girls wearing hoop earrings, or Charles Murray speaking at a campus lecture...

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