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

Bubble-Wrapping Children: School Bans Students from Touching Snow

Several years ago, the now world-famous clinical psychologist Jordan Peterson made a list of 32 rules for living and posted them on Quora. Those rules became so popular that Peterson fleshed out a handful of them in the book 12 Rules for Life: An...

Why Can Children No Longer Hold Their Pencils Correctly?

In recent years, a number of parents and grandparents have discovered an alarming trend: children no longer know how to write in cursive. Such a discovery led to a considerable backlash against programs such as Common Core, which many viewed as...

Can American Students Be Ready for College When They Read at an 8th Grade Level?

A friend of mine recently told me that her family was having a discussion when a particular word was used. Her two teenage daughters looked confused and asked, “What does that mean?” Without missing a beat, her younger son, still in middle school,...

What Ivy League Professors Could Learn from George Washington

Back in 2005, The Washington Post reported on a Gallup poll asking Americans which U.S. president was the greatest. At the time, men like Reagan, Clinton, and Lincoln led the pack. America’s first president, however, had only five percent support...

Young People Don’t Know How to Date Anymore. Here’s Why.

In a time when dating apps are a dime a dozen and major sporting events dish out condoms by the thousands, it would be easy to think that sex and loving relationships are thriving. But recent data shows that such is not the case. Americans are...

Why Arts-Focused Field Trips Make Students Smarter

We live in a time in which education statistics are a bit bleak. According to the Nation’s Report Card, only 40 percent of 4th grade students are proficient in math, while even fewer are proficient in reading. Given those numbers, it’s not...

The Education System Loves Promoting Anti-Bullying… Until Homeschoolers Do the Same

For many American parents, the idea that their child is talented enough to land a small role in a famous Broadway musical would be enough to burst a few buttons. But imagine that this same child went to Broadway intending to try for a small role and...

Why So Many Lovers Don’t ‘Grow Old with Me’

When holidays like Valentine’s Day come upon us, it seems like every other news article has something to do with the escalation of one-night stands via Tinder, the state of divorce rates, and the ways one can know if an individual is “the one.” So...

School Tells Girls They Can’t Say ‘No’ When Asked to Dance….Because Inclusivity

Have you ever noticed that living in a politically correct world is akin to navigating a field of landmines?   The truth of this metaphor recently made itself apparent in the realm of Valentine-themed dances.   The first...

7 Simple Ways Parents Can Prepare Their Children for Adulthood

In a recent article for The Washington Post, college instructor Shannon Reed gives voice to what many American adults have long feared, namely, that today’s college students are unable to fend for themselves in an adult world. According to Reed,...

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