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

Professors Implore Students: ‘Think for Yourselves’!

It’s telling of our times when Americans have to be told to do the simplest of tasks. It’s also telling when they have to be told how to do that same task. Such is the case with a back to school memo recently released by professors from Princeton...

What Plato Teaches about Taylor Swift’s Music

In case you’ve been under a rock recently and didn’t hear, Taylor Swift is set to release a new album. According to social media and other venues, the song she released as a sneak preview for the album entitled "Reputation" was met with mixed...

3 Back to School Thoughts from G.K. Chesterton

Every year, the approach of fall signals to children and parents that it’s time to gear up and begin the cycle of packing lunches, picking out clothes, racing to the bus stop, and coming home at night with armloads of books and homework once again...

Is a Lack of Hands-on Work Making Us Angry?

I recently stumbled upon an interesting tidbit out of Green Bay. According to local news station WBAY, a number of inmates at a nearby prison have taken up a new hobby: knitting. I initially raised my eyebrows over this piece of information, but...

The Nursery School Where the Children are in Charge

America’s education system as we know it was founded in the mid-1800s by Horace Mann. Among other things, Mann’s education program included top-down control of a factory-like, state-run school system, a method adopted from the province we now refer...

Study Reveals How Parents May Help Children Weather the Culture Wars

When Donald Trump was first elected for president, the news media began to ask how parents could best raise their children under the shadow of his leadership. TIME suggested parents teach their daughters to resist sexism. Jezebel insisted that...

College Prez: Universities Churning Out Degrees in Opinions Rather than Truth

You may recall that a few years ago, the president of Oklahoma Wesleyan University, Dr. Everett Piper, bluntly informed students that his school was not a day care, but a university. Dr. Piper’s words made waves because they were some of the first...

Scholars Propose Public Schooling for Babies to Fight Inequality

In my years as a music teacher, I learned one very important thing. One could start teaching a child an instrument when they entered kindergarten, but the going would often be slow and the lessons a strain for both teacher and student. Once a child...

The Real Reason Students Today Are So Listless

In recent years, the rise of high school graduation rates has been met with great exaltation. Naturally, these numbers seem to indicate that all is well in America’s classrooms. But have you ever noticed the odd discrepancy which accompanies...

‘Worst Teachers in the System’ Set to Join Struggling Schools, Principal Says

We’ve probably all heard some type of rumor about “rubber rooms” before. They're the hangout of those in the Absent Teacher Reserve pool, a group of New York teachers who haven’t been assigned to an official position in a classroom, and instead...

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