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

Report: Young People are Clueless about How Food Grows

It’s becoming increasingly apparent that there’s a decline of knowledge amongst today’s young people. The Nation’s Report Card – which shows that less than half of students are proficient in every academic subject – offers ample evidence of this...

Has Bias Against Women Been Exaggerated?

Despite all their advances in recent years, it seems that popular culture would have us believe that women are still the victims of bias and discrimination. When it comes to the wage gap, they’re on the lower end of the pay scale, presumably...

Is America Too Hard on Millennials? Or Are We Not Hard Enough?

Millennial bashing has become a popular sport in recent years. After all, they’re young, they’re heavily narcissistic, and they can’t seem to do much of anything effectively. In essence, they’re a natural scapegoat. But have you ever wondered if...

Nearly Half of Republicans Reject Freedom of the Press

Have you ever wondered what America’s pet peeve is? Based on the last year alone, I would wager it is media bias. After all, one can’t swing a dead cat these days without hearing about some form of “fake news” or reading an article with a clear...

Are American Schools Killing Interest in Reading?

In a recent exchange of small talk, I asked a friend how the last school year had gone for his child. He replied that it had gone relatively well except for one thing. School, he explained, was killing his child’s interest in reading. When I...

Why Students Fork Out So Much Money for College (Hint: It’s Not for Instruction)

In the last few years, college costs have expanded so rapidly that many are beginning to wonder if a degree is still worth the price. The most recent numbers from the College Board suggest that tuition can average between $9,500 at a public...

Steve Jobs Explained How to Fix Education in 1995

Since Donald Trump got into office and appointed school choice supporter Betsy DeVos as the national education secretary, a good deal of ink has been spilled on the issue of school vouchers. On the one hand, vouchers seem to promise a better...

Higher Wages Don’t Improve Teacher Quality, Left-Leaning Think Tank Finds

To paraphrase Jane Austen, it is a truth universally acknowledged that a teacher is the most important component of a child’s education. As a result of this acknowledgement, conventional wisdom seems to indicate that the way to attract and retain...

Why Today’s Students Can’t Pass This 1922 College Entrance Exam

For generations, each autumn has bestowed the unofficial arrival of adulthood on young people as they head off to college for the first time. But while the entrance into the Ivy Halls has occurred for years, one part of that ritual seems to have...

Pet-Sitting Kids May Now Get Slapped with Fine

I got my first job offer around age nine. It was for the illustrious position of “cat-sitter” and lasted for a handful of days while my neighbors were on vacation. The venture was successful, and for the next several years I poked my head through...

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