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

The Best Way to Get Boys Reading

While at a gathering of friends several months ago, I stopped to chat for a few minutes with a twelve-year-old boy whom I’ll call Davy. Although the youngest in a family of all girls, I knew Davy was all boy. He liked guns and animals and all...

Pssst…It’s Not Just Students Who Can’t Write ...

In the world of professors, higher education, and academia, producing high-quality content is essential. Many academics dutifully follow this prescription and produce thousands of pages every year. There’s only one problem. As has been previously...

Harvard Students Explain 3 Ways Homeschooling Helped Them Succeed

If one was to name a leading institution of higher education in America, Harvard University would definitely be one of the first to come to mind. After all, anyone with the name Harvard on his resume is practically guaranteed an open door to all...

Can Rising Depression Rates Be Reduced by This New Education Tactic?

There are two common trends in the world of early-childhood education. The first is to have children spend more time engaging in play. The second is quite the opposite, and attempts to give young children a head start by filling their minds with...

How ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ Symbolizes the Triumph of Common Sense

December 9th marks the anniversary of the Christmas TV special which basically birthed all others: “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” Most Americans know the plot well. The despondent Charlie Brown who just can’t work up his Christmas cheer amidst...

Breaking the Silence on the Toxic Masculinity at Intellectual Takeout

TIME has spoken. The 2017 person of the year is not a mere individual, but a cohort of women labeled “The Silence Breakers” and pictured in the image above. These Silence Breakers are primarily the actresses who stepped out and spoke the truth...

3 in 4 Young Adults Think ‘Snowflakes’ Too Emotionally Fragile to Be Labeled as Such

I was recently making a purchase at a small gift shop when I happened to hear the conversation of a couple of other customers. They appeared to be looking at one of those cutesy signs with catchy slogans that are the bread and butter of such shops...

Why England’s Reading Scores Are Soaring While the U.S. Lags Behind

There’s been increasing alarm in recent years as many Americans have realized that their children don’t know much in the areas of history, civics, geography, and writing. In retrospect, it appears that the emphasis placed on the core subjects of...

Students Can Now Retake Their Test if They Don’t Like Their Grade

We’ve all seen how participation trophies have overtaken the world of kid sports. No longer is there one prize; instead, there are multiple awards for everything from first to tenth place. The backlash against this phenomenon is growing, however...

The Decline of Male Friendship is Harming Men

In early November of 2017, Harvard University voted to continue opposing various university clubs. The decision, which seems to stem from a quest towards inclusivity, ostracizes those who join single-sex organizations. All-male clubs seem to be...

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