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

EDUCATION is a Privilege

It’s undeniable that today’s education system has problems. Evidences of declining academics and behavior are everywhere in the schools.  But coming face to face with this reality leaves us with a big question: what do we do to right the...

Why a Public School Teacher Decided to Homeschool

In discussions concerning the pros and cons of homeschooling, it’s not all that uncommon to see public school teachers butt heads with homeschool parents and supporters. But according to a recent news report out of Virginia, one public school...

More Pushback Against Black Friday?

In the last several years we’ve seen Black Friday sales start at 4 am Friday morning… then at midnight… then at 10pm on Thanksgiving… then at 6pm when most people are still trying to finish their turkey dinner.  But recent developments...

What American Students Learned about the Pilgrims in 1913 vs. Today

I was reminded that Thanksgiving is fast approaching when I drove by a local school the other day and saw children leaving the building wearing Pilgrim and Indian hats. This morning I got to thinking: the story of the Pilgrims' arrival in America is...

Are Students Secretly Longing for Discipline and Order?

Earlier this week we noted how lax student discipline policies are making it difficult for many students to learn. Yet these policies continue on in the name of sensitivity and equity.  But is it possible that those acting up and disrupting...

Kate Winslet Thinks Fixating on Gender Pay Gap is “Vulgar”

Actress Kate Winslet is the latest to weigh in on the gender pay gap… only she isn’t complaining about being paid less than her male counterparts. Instead, Winslet is bringing a touch of etiquette into the debate. As the BBC reports: “‘I'm...

How Much Data Does the Government Have on Your Child?

Have you ever wondered what the government knows about your child? According to an article in today’s Washington Post they may know a lot more than you realize… and that knowledge may negatively affect your child’s future. “Most student data is...

Is Common Core Math Causing Students to Fall Further Behind?

Every few months it seems that another story pops up concerning some child’s confusing Common Core math homework. For examples, check out the three famous ones below:     As authors Katharine Beals and Barry Garelick...

5 Historic Quotes for Veterans Day

Many years ago, my little sister was given a school assignment to write a thank-you to a veteran. In her childish scrawl, she sent a thank-you card and picture to our grandfather, who served in World War II. That card hung on his refrigerator until...

Family Reading Lists for Toddlers to Teens

Parent-child reading times – even into the teen years – are one of the best ways to turn your child into a well-rounded and educated reader, at least according to early twentieth century author Walter Taylor Field. To encourage parents to read with...

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