Annie Holmquist

Annie Holmquist

Senior Writer

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Annie is a senior writer for 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

Homeschooling Mom: We Pulled Out of the Public Schools Because of the System, Not the People

In the last 20 years homeschooling has gone mainstream, and homeschooled students are often highly praised for their accomplishments. But some skeptics remain, many of whom are teachers themselves. But as it turns out, teachers and homeschoolers...

More Americans Today Really Need to Read the Anti-Federalist Papers

Last week, we took a look at several important quotes from the Federalist Papers, a collection of writings composed to support the adoption of the U.S. Constitution of 1787. However, the adoption of the Constitution wasn’t necessarily a smooth...

Libraries: Filling the Community and... Skills Void?

On Monday, The New York Times ran a piece discussing the evolving nature of libraries. “Libraries aren’t just for books, or even e-books, anymore. They are for checking out cake pans (North Haven, Conn.), snowshoes (Biddeford, Me.), telescopes...

The Potential Problems with Universal Pre-K

It always seems like there is some new panacea being promised for the nation’s educational woes. At one time, that panacea was No Child Left Behind, then Race to the Top… and in the last several years, universal preschool. Endorsed by high-...

Parents or the State: Who is the Primary Educator?

Early in June, the state of Nevada became a pioneer in educational choice by granting Educational Savings Accounts (ESAs) to every child in the state. For those unfamiliar with ESAs, they are a form of school choice which places education dollars...

“The Bride Has Nothing On”

Fashion Week is upon us - or so say the many headlines whose corresponding articles will likely reveal pictures of the latest, greatest, and… unusual attire.  The arrival of fashion week reminded me of an article published earlier this year...

More Americans Today Really Need to Read the Federalist Papers

In order to have a good grasp on the founding of America, it is often said that one should read the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, and the Federalist Papers. It’s easy to see why the Declaration and the Constitution make the...

America Needs More of These Skilled Workers

Do you know the median hourly wage for an entry level welder? According to Salary.com, it’s $18 per hour, but judging by a recent article from NPR, that wage may be set to skyrocket due to an increasing welder shortage. “America needs more...

The MC at This State Fair Did Something Unusual

Yesterday, I wrapped up my summer by attending the Minnesota State Fair. While there, I had the fun of watching a true piece of Americana: a bull riding rodeo competition. Exciting? Absolutely! The bulls were bucking, the cowboys were flying, and...

Why is It Increasingly Difficult to Make Friends?

I recently wrote about the decline of community and the losses which ensue from such a state. In response, one of our readers commented, “Best article of the day….I’m 56, single, can count my closest acquaintances and girlfriend on 1 hand.”...

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