Annie Holmquist

Annie Holmquist

Research Associate

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Annie is a research associate 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

Are Gifted and Talented Students Being Left Behind?

We hear a lot about the efforts and plans to promote the progress of failing students in today’s public schools. But in our efforts to get those students caught up, are we also squelching the abilities and interests of our best and brightest...

4 Proven Ways Fathers Improve Their Child’s Education

If you could name one piece of advice your father gave you about education, what would it be? I asked myself this question the other day when I realized that Father’s Day was fast approaching. One particular phrase of my father’s immediately...

NPR: High School Grad Rate "Isn't Worth the Paper It's Printed On"

It’s the end of the school year and by now just about every graduating senior has donned cap and gown and walked across the stage to receive his or her diploma. Statistics place national graduation rates at 81% - a percentage that has risen...

10 Great Summer Classics Your Kids Will Enjoy

Ah… summertime. School is out and your kids are hanging around, complaining of boredom or playing on your iPhone. How do you ensure that your children won’t fritter away their summer in useless activities that fail to stretch their mind? For...

And the Reason Parents Choose Public School is...

While reading through the Friedman Foundation’s recent poll on Minnesota K-12 education and school choice, questions 8 and 9 caught my attention. These questions asked respondents to state their preferred school type, and then asked the...

A Tale of Two Literature Courses

My attention was recently drawn to a ranking of the best private schools in Minnesota. Taking a variety of factors into consideration – such as student-teacher ratio, matriculation rate, and SAT/ACT scores – the ranking listed Blake, St....

The School System Has Failed Millennials

It’s no secret that U.S. students are not up to par with their international peers. The most recent PISA exam testified to this with the United States placing 17th in reading, 26th in math, and 21st in science...

Charter Schools Do It For Less

Last week, the Star Tribune reported that hordes of parents are taking their children out of the Minneapolis Public Schools district and choosing different options, primarily charter schools. In case you are unfamiliar with the...

Apprenticeships: A Safer Bet?

Chances are you’ve seen an infographic showing the huge return on investment that a college degree offers. But a new study entitled “Dropouts, Taxes and Risk” suggests that the ROI on college isn’t as great as it seems. This is because...

Reading Levels: 1908 vs. 2014

Some of you may remember the 1908 curriculum manual I dug up in the Minnesota Historical Society archives a few months ago. When compared with a current public school reading list, it demonstrated that today’s schools are offering a more...

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