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

3 Charts That Show Why Apprenticeship is Increasingly Popular

For a number of years, college was the be-all, end-all goal toward which educators, parents, and government officials directed high school students. But as is becoming ever more clear, the wind has begun to blow in a different direction. Nowhere...

How Music and Shakespeare Turned Around a Failing School

We all want the best for our kids. Because of this desire, it’s quite discouraging to see when efforts to boost progress in reading, math, and other subjects flatline in schools across the country, as the chart below shows.   On the...

When It Comes to Religion, Do Dan Brown and C.S. Lewis Agree?

Ahead of the release of his new book Origin, famed author Dan Brown was interviewed by CBS. During the course of the interview, the issue of religion came up and Brown was asked to elaborate on his views of this explosive subject. In response to...

Why Women Are So Confused About Casual Sex

We hear a lot today about declining marriage rates. Only a few weeks ago Pew Research reported that since 1960, the percent of married adults has experienced a drop of over 20 points. Furthermore, the median age for first marriage has increased by...

School’s Policy of ‘Approving’ Cold Lunches Sparks Backlash

It has become common for schools to not only impart knowledge to children, but to also take care of a basic need of life, namely, food. This is evidenced through the presence of school lunch programs and now even breakfast. The last few years...

What Charles Dickens Understood About Self-Pity

Over the last few weeks I have been making my way through Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations. In reading it, I have once again been struck by Dickens’ remarkable ability to weave multiple, insignificant storylines into a cohesive tale. It is...

Yet More Evidence the SAT is Being Dumbed Down

We’ve been hearing for some time now that SAT scores are on the decline. For example, the year 2006 saw reading scores at 503, math scores at 518, and writing scores at 497. In 2016, however, the scores ran 494 for reading, 508 for math, and 482 for...

How to Select the Best Books for Your Kids

The other day I received a brief survey from Renaissance Learning. Designed for parents, teachers, and administrators, it asked participants to list three must-read books for students in the following age categories: At first blush, the...

The Simple Reason for the Decline of Rational Argument

Once upon a time, I adamantly agreed with Mark Twain’s assessment of Jane Austen’s books. He noted, “Everytime I read Pride and Prejudice I want to dig her [Jane Austen] up and beat her over the skull with her own shin-bone.” Then I finally...

Why are Americans Obsessed with Buying Organic?

Most of us probably know someone who, when it comes to organic food, is ALL IN. Perhaps that individual is yourself. (And while we’re on the subject, let me insert here that a majority of the produce which has come from MY garden over the years has...

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