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

How Much Money Each State Saves Thanks to Homeschooling

As many recognize, homeschooling has been booming in recent years and promises to keep growing. The most recent numbers from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) hail from 2012 and suggest that 1.8 million children are now educated at...

What Children Lose By Not Gardening

One summer while I was in middle school, my grandfather brought my family a number of potato sets to plant in our garden. As we had more than we needed, I passed off a handful to my friend who lived across the street. Despite lacking a green thumb,...

Why are Children Learning to Adult from YouTube Stars?

In a recent article for NPR, Neda Ulaby writes on the rise of YouTube cooking star Rosanna Pansino. As NPR explains, Pansino is a young millennial who uses her YouTube channel, Nerdy Nummies, to teach viewers to make everything from individual...

Half of Class of 2016 are ‘A’ Students—Even Though Their SAT Scores Stink

A while back, some friends of mine relayed an experience they had in their pre-marriage years while taking a college drama course together. At the beginning of the quarter, the instructor asked the students to write down the grade they would like to...

How Classic Cartoons Created a Culturally Literate Generation

I recently picked up Mark Twain’s A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court for the first time. Finding the plot rather amusing, I began relaying it to my father over the weekend. Because he had never read the book, I was rather surprised when he...

School District Nixes Homework for Thousands of Students as Expert Says It’s Basically Useless

The anti-homework trend is growing. It started with the teacher from Texas who banned homework from her second grade class, encouraging families to spend time reading, playing, and eating together instead. It spread to a New Jersey elementary...

College Students Love Socialism… But Don’t Have a Clue What it Means

In an article written last month for the New York Times, 29-year-old Sarah Leonard suggested that millennials are turning to socialism in droves. The reason, she opined, is that capitalism has let them down: “Across Europe and the United States...

What's Behind the Surge in Tattoos?

By now, you may have heard of the New Zealand man, Mark Cropp, who made a desperate plea for a job on Facebook. His lack of employment was not due to his lack of muscle, nor his will to work, nor even his past criminal record. It was due to a tattoo...

5 Reasons Parents Shouldn’t Feel Guilty About Giving Kids Chores

As a little girl, one of my sister’s dreaded chores was sweeping the kitchen floor. Although our kitchen was relatively small, she somehow managed to make the task stretch on for… well, quite a while. Although we chuckle about it now, the task...

Why Today's Kids Need More Time to Goof Off

Harper Lee’s novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, is known world over for its deep lessons on racism and equality. In focusing on these lessons however, it’s easy to breeze by the simple, lighthearted picture with which the book opens, namely, that of...

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