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

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...

Stevie Wonder: If Black Lives Matter, then Stop all this Black-on-Black Killing

If I was to name one of the more interesting and unpredictable parts of my week, it would have to be the handful of hours I spend volunteering in a children’s program in the inner city of Minneapolis. The kids I see week after week come from a...

Chores Lead to Happy Children. So Why Do So Few Parents Require Them?

Why do kids really need to do chores? The answer to that question was recently highlighted in an Uncommon Knowledge production with Peter Robinson and U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse. As Sasse implies, kids need chores in order to form the habits and strong...

Boys in Skirts: Genius Protest or Irrational Tantrum?

Early this morning, BBC correspondent Simon Hall tweeted the following pictures of a handful of male students at Isca Academy in Exeter. Boys at Isca Academy in Exeter wear skirts to school in protest at not being allowed to wear shorts in hot...

Progressive Business Owner on Living Wage Law: ‘The arithmetic doesn’t work’

Earlier, my colleague Jon Miltimore made mention of a number of comments piling up in the New York Times in relation to a recent special election in Georgia. Many of the comments excoriated the winner for her rejection of a living wage, implying...

Trade Schools: 10 of the Best in America

In the last few years, Intellectual Takeout has witnessed an ever-growing realization among the general public that the push for a 4-year college degree is not always the smartest course. Soaring college costs, the retirement of highly-skilled...

How the Jury Broke the Deadlock in Philando Castile Shooting Death Case

In the last several years, our country has become familiar with names such as Trayvon Martin, Alton Sterling, and Philando Castile. Each man suffered an unfortunate death at the hands of both police and private security, precipitating mass protest...

Why Plato Readers Aren’t Surprised by the Collapse of Thought on Campuses

Over the weekend, the New York Times ran an article on the continuing fiasco at Evergreen College. For those unfamiliar with the situation, the unrest on that campus began when students of color suggested that their white counterparts leave for a...

Univ. of Chicago Prez: Rejecting Free Speech Diminishes Education Quality

Late last summer, the University of Chicago made waves when its Dean of Students announced to incoming freshmen that the institution would not be a purveyor of trendy safe spaces. Instead, it sought to continue its quest for “rigorous debate,...

Tolkien’s Fatherly Advice to His Son on Sex

J.R.R. Tolkien is known today for best-selling novels in The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit. But all of Tolkien’s time was not spent dreaming up tales of Middle-Earth. In fact, he was creating a more realistic story through the life he...

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