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

Teacher: Schools Should Stop Training Kids to Reason with Their Emotions

Critical thinking has become a buzzword in education in the last few years. And why not? It sounds like a worthy education goal: ensure that every student can leave school knowing how to reason and make connections. But before we jump on the...

Is America Treating July 4th with Contempt?

When it comes to holidays, I have to confess that Independence Day is one of my favorites. This favoritism is driven by a number of things, some of which include the fond memories, the warm summer days, and the American music which blares from the...

4 Political Causes America’s Largest Teachers’ Union is Pushing that Have Nothing to do with Education

Every year the approach of July signals the annual National Education Association (NEA) conference. As the nation’s largest teachers’ union, the topics discussed and decisions made at this event likely have a greater bearing on what’s taught in...

Report: Deep-Thinking Students Don’t Like Their Schools

Because American parents, teachers, and government leaders value education so highly, they have long impressed its importance upon the minds of their offspring. But the rise of various distractions in recent years – not the least of which is digital...

Does Relativism Refute Itself?

I was taking a lunch break recently when I noticed a man stagger and then collapse along the sidewalk. Concerned he was having some serious medical issues, another lady and I asked if he was alright. He insisted he was fine, although his actions...

3 Reasons Homeschooling is Growing in the Middle East

When one thinks of the Middle East, freedom – particularly the freedom to swim against conventional wisdom – is not the first thing that comes to mind. It is for that reason that it is surprising to hear that one of the biggest freedom trends in...

America’s Ignorance of the Past May Cost it the Future

If you spent any time in a classroom or library as a child, chances are you were introduced to a Newbery Award winning book. I know I was, which is why my interest was piqued when I discovered that the Newbery Medal is witnessing its 95th birthday...

Looking for the Best College Deal? Here are the States Students Should Check Out

If you’re like me, you’ve probably seen various montages of students finding out they got accepted to their dream college. They jump up and down in excitement, screaming and hugging their parents – who tend to be doing the same happy dance. Such...

Hillary Supporter: Fixation on Trump is Ruining College Education

During a recent speech given at Intellectual Takeout’s Spring Gala, author Charles Murray recalled a conversation he had with his daughter just over 10 years ago, when she was a student at Middlebury College. At that time, Murray asked his daughter...

5 Tips on How to Successfully Educate Children

Sometimes it seems that education tips and theories are a dime a dozen. This is particularly so in the modern age, when parents are inundated with recommendations on the best schools and educational practices. The challenging thing about the...

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