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

What 8th Graders Had to Know About Geography in 1907

The other week, Slate Magazine ran an article which decried the lack of geography literacy amongst American students. Author Joshua Keating declared, “I still strongly believe primary schools and universities need to do a much...

These Americans Can’t Answer Simple Citizenship Questions: Are Schools to Blame?

September 17th marks the anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution. To recognize “Constitution Day,” the day “when all schools receiving federal funds are expected to provide lessons or other programming on our most important founding...

New Research Shows iPads are Not a Panacea for Educational Woes

Today’s education system is increasingly repeating the “iPads for everyone” mantra. In an effort to improve student performance, school districts in every state from California to Pennsylvania to Minnesota to Colorado and on to Illinois have...

Are We Over-Medicating Children?

A year or so ago, my sister was tasked to look after two children in a classroom/tutorial type of setting. After ignoring repeated instructions to sit down and perform the task at hand, the child on my sister’s right grinned mischievously and said...

Homeschooling Mom: We Pulled Out of the Public Schools Because of the System, Not the People

In the last 20 years homeschooling has gone mainstream, and homeschooled students are often highly praised for their accomplishments. But some skeptics remain, many of whom are teachers themselves. But as it turns out, teachers and homeschoolers...

More Americans Today Really Need to Read the Anti-Federalist Papers

Last week, we took a look at several important quotes from the Federalist Papers, a collection of writings composed to support the adoption of the U.S. Constitution of 1787. However, the adoption of the Constitution wasn’t necessarily a smooth...

Libraries: Filling the Community and... Skills Void?

On Monday, The New York Times ran a piece discussing the evolving nature of libraries. “Libraries aren’t just for books, or even e-books, anymore. They are for checking out cake pans (North Haven, Conn.), snowshoes (Biddeford, Me...

The Potential Problems with Universal Pre-K

It always seems like there is some new panacea being promised for the nation’s educational woes. At one time, that panacea was No Child Left Behind, then Race to the Top… and in the last several years, universal preschool. Endorsed by...

Parents or the State: Who is the Primary Educator?

Early in June, the state of Nevada became a pioneer in educational choice by granting Educational Savings Accounts (ESAs) to every child in the state. For those unfamiliar with ESAs, they are a form of school choice which places education dollars...

“The Bride Has Nothing On”

Fashion Week is upon us - or so say the many headlines whose corresponding articles will likely reveal pictures of the latest, greatest, and… unusual attire.  The arrival of fashion week reminded me of an article published earlier this year...

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