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

Almost 1 in 3 Americans Didn’t Read a Book Last Year

A relative of mine recently went on a job interview. She was surprised when the first question she was asked was, “How many books do you read a month?” The fact that she was able to answer with a fairly impressive answer may have played a role in...

Turns Out That Students Like Real Books, Not Electronic Ones

Increasingly, many school referenda are based on the need to buy iPads or other tech devices for students. These devices, it is implied, will diminish achievement gaps and bring learning to new heights. However, research has shown such “needs” to...

Atheists Increasingly Attending Divinity Schools

A new phenomenon is happening in prominent American divinity schools: the student body increasingly includes secular, non-religious individuals. According to the New York Times, this shift is not driven by atheist students seeking to invade and...

China is Quaking in Its Boots Over This Little Piece of Paper

According to the New York Times, communist China is terrified of an 800 year-old copy of the Magna Carta. The touring document arrived in China this week, but was abruptly moved from its high profile exhibition spot at a university to a secluded and...

Target Porn

Target’s taking some heat for the second time in several months over its choice of store music. According to reports coming out of one of its California stores, Target played pornographic audio over its loudspeakers on the morning of October 14th...

Americans Don’t Even Know How to Make Their Own Food Anymore

It’s no secret that Americans like to eat – particularly at restaurants. Just last spring Bloomberg reported that Americans now spend more on dining out than they do on groceries. However, companies such as Plated and Blue Apron are trying to...

Want to Attract the Hispanic Vote? Check out this Survey.

Like it or not, election season seems to be in full swing… a year ahead of time. One of the most highly sought voting blocs is the Latino population. But if politicians are trying to gain the Latino vote by offering some form of immigration...

American Students Can’t Write… Because Schools Never Taught Them How

I had a rude awakening during peer review week in my College Comp II course: writing was a struggle for my classmates. At the time, I was in tears as I read through their papers because the editing work ahead of me was so daunting! In retrospect, I...

Reason #1,057 to Homeschool – Institutional Schools Are Boring

Does the traditional school setting bore students, causing them to lose interest in learning? Given the institutional, restrained atmosphere that’s necessary to keep a classroom of 30 children in order, it seems highly likely. And, as the Washington...

The Great TV Alternative

Over the weekend, an Intellectual Takeout reader reached out to me and described how our recent articles on the potential harms of preschool education caused her to reconsider her stance on the issue. Despite the challenges it posed, she realized...

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