Annie Holmquist

Annie Holmquist

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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

Are Long Distance Commutes Damaging to Families?

Many no longer bat an eye over the fact that their commute to the office could take an hour each way. But this dedication pales in comparison to what The Atlantic labels “extreme commuting,” a practice which has an increasing amount of...

Kissing the American Dream Goodbye

According to The Atlantic, the American dream has been downsized. In fact, the American dream is no longer the simple wish of “home, job, and family.” Instead, many Americans simply dream about getting out of debt. “[W]...

Welfare Recipients: Better Off Without the Government?

Should the many welfare programs in the U.S. (such as food stamps, Medicaid, etc.) be replaced with a lump sum of cash handouts? In this week’s Washington Post, columnist Matt Zwolinski argues that they should. Zwolinski notes that such a...

Should U.S. Students Get More Exercise and Playtime Like Those in Finland?

More and more articles have recently been stressing the need to implement meditation techniques in the classroom. As Quartz reported, “Research shows that it is helping to reduce stress and decrease rates of depression.” But is such a practice...

Aaaand Another Study Says Preschool Hurts, Not Helps

All of the good arguments for Pre-K education seem to be dropping like flies. One of principal arguments of Pre-K advocates is that it will ensure future academic success for students. But a recent study from the Peabody Research Institute at...

Actress: "Feminism doesn't create equality, it creates separation."

It was recently implied by Breitbart that actress Marion Cotillard made several un-PC statements about feminism. Judging by her original statement in Porter magazine, Breitbart’s assessment wasn’t all that far off: “‘For me it doesn’t create...

Poetry: Teaching to Think

While paging through an 1894 Minnesota high school manual, I came across the recommendations for literature classes. Although it appears that students were expected to read many books on their own (and then present them to the class in twenty minute...

Are Today’s Schools Giving Children “Worthless Literature” to Read?

In 1892, George Hardy, the principal of a New York Grammar school said, “Worthless literature is the curse of the child’s intellect and the bane of the child’s morals, yet it has the market; and its widespread distribution and rapid sale are...

London Grade School: “No TV or Tech… Not Even at Home.”

Did you ever have a parent or grandparent who regaled you with stories of life before television? In an era where almost everyone carries a tiny screened device in their pockets, such a life seems impossible to replicate, but one school...

Pew Report: Half of Americans Believe Immigrants are Bad for the Economy

Yesterday, Pew Research released a report which showed that 59 million immigrants have arrived in the U.S. in the last 50 years. This far exceeds the 32 million immigrants which arrived between 1840 and 1919.      The...

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