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

Does This Philosopher's 30-Year-Old Observation Explain the Current Social Upheaval?

The last couple of years have been marked by numerous outbreaks of violence, demands and protests, and in general, great social unrest and upheaval. For those who have watched life unravel around them, such unrest can be confusing, causing many...

Professor: The Perks of One-Room Schools

In recent years, many have looked to technology to be the panacea for America’s education problems. Surely, the thinking goes, an iPad in every set of hands will open the floodgates to knowledge that can be personalized to every child. But former...

British Study Explains What Public Schools Can Learn From Private Ones

It’s always been considered important to train children in the hard, concrete, academic skills such as math, science, and reading. But in recent years, teaching “soft skills” – attitudes such as determination and persistence which affect a...

Benjamin Franklin’s 4 Steps to Becoming a Great Writer

If Twitter or Facebook had existed during the colonial period, Benjamin Franklin likely would have been one of its wittiest contributors, as evidenced by his pithy words of wisdom in Poor Richard’s Almanac. But Franklin wrote far more than witty...

High School Apprenticeships: A New Path to Prosperity

It’s no secret that the college degree has long been considered a path to success. It’s also no secret that those who take that pathway are more often than not ending up in the mire of student debt – and struggling to get out. This dilemma has...

Is There a Way to Stop America’s Minds from Closing?

A few years ago, a friend of mine expressed a sentiment that many of us have probably felt at some time or another: "I want my children to have a better education than I had." Now, this friend happens to be a very talented, intelligent, and...

Education Leader Explains 4 Reasons Why Today’s Students Can’t Write

If you’ve endured a peer review session in college or been the lucky one to sort through job applications for the opening at your office, you’ve probably discovered a sad truth about Americans: They can’t write. Marc Tucker, a leading expert in...

Is it Time We Stopped Viewing Schools as the Best Parent?

When it comes to school, educators always know best, right? This assumption was challenged by Jay Matthews in The Washington Post over the weekend. After reporting on an incident at a high caliber high school where parents felt educators and...

The One Thing Even High-Quality Childcare Can’t Offer

There’s a lot of discussion these days about the high cost of raising a child and caring for him. In fact, just this week, the USDA rolled out its numbers on the cost of raising a child. Warning: It’s not very pretty: “[F]or a child born in...

Millennials Who Borrowed Money to Get a Degree Got Destroyed (See Chart)

If there’s one generation that has become the scapegoat for the nation’s problems, it’s the millennials. They don’t get married and start families. They live in mom’s basement and don’t buy their own house. They drift from job to job and school...

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