Annie Holmquist

Annie Holmquist

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Annie is a research associate 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

The Great TV Alternative

Over the weekend, an Intellectual Takeout reader reached out to me and described how our recent articles on the potential harms of preschool education caused her to reconsider her stance on the issue. Despite the challenges it posed, she realized...

Despite More Money, Americans Aren’t Saving

Recent reports are indicating that Americans have more money in their pockets than in recent years, largely thanks to falling gas prices. (30 bucks for a tank of gas rather than the 60 it was a couple of years ago? Yes, please!) So where are...

Is It Better for Kids When Their Parents Are Married?

Yesterday I ran across a Washington Post piece entitled, “I love my boyfriend, but I never want to get married.” In it, author Rachel Bussel describes how she and her partner of four years have lived as husband and wife in every imaginable...

Study: Children Are Less Hyperactive When They Start School at Later Ages

The last decade has seen a rapid rise of ADHD diagnoses in the U.S. A new study released by the Stanford Center for Education Policy Analysis leads me to wonder if starting children in school at earlier ages may be one cause behind it....

New Study: 1 in 4 City-Dwelling Students Don’t Graduate

City living seems to be growing in popularity in recent years, undoubtedly driven by the many conveniences life in the metro can bring. But not every aspect of city life is advantageous, particularly when it comes to education. The Center for...

Lower the Voting Age?

Having started my own business while I was still in high school, I was a bit miffed when I first discovered that I was going to have to pay taxes – at age 17. “But I can’t even vote yet!” I wailed to my father, “That’s like taxation without...

Are States Lying About Student Performance?

If your child came home with a report card full of As and Bs every quarter, and regularly aced the yearly state standardized tests, you would naturally be a proud parent. But what if those As and Bs didn’t give a true picture and your child was...

Employers Can’t Afford NOT to Support Apprenticeships

Did you know that the number of apprentices in the U.S. dramatically declined in the decade between 2003 and 2013? According to CNN Money, some of this decline was driven by the “push to send more high schoolers to 4-year colleges.” Thankfully...

Mike Rowe: “Never Follow Your Passion, But Always Bring it with You”

Mike Rowe is famous for bucking the conventional way of thinking when it comes to work, and the following video is no exception. According to Mike, conventional wisdom says that young people should follow their passion when choosing a degree,...

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...

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