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

“More Truly Educated Out of College Than In It.”

It seems you can’t turn around these days without seeing some type of article or list describing the top 10 ways to get into the best college or grad program. Such a mentality stems from the idea that true education is gained from an institution or...

War of the Worlds: How the Media “Creates” News

Last Friday marked the anniversary of Orson Welles’ famous radio play War of the Worlds, which used news bulletins to tell of an alien invasion on American soil. Like many Americans, I first heard this story as a little girl and was fascinated by...

Preschoolers Increasingly Using Tablets without Supervision

Last December, while spending time with a classroom full of inner-city children, I struck up a conversation with 4-year-old twin boys. They proudly told me that they had each received a tablet for a Christmas gift. I was duly impressed – and alarmed...

This 1848 Essay Perfectly Portrays the 2016 Election

A couple of days ago Joe Biden announced that he wouldn’t join the roughly 20 candidates running for president in 2016. Regardless of what one thinks of his politics, the Vice President is to be commended. It seems he has resisted the urge and...

Americans Overwhelmingly Oppose Handgun Bans

Have American attitudes towards guns changed as a result of shootings such as the one at Umpqua Community College? When it comes to buying guns the answer might be yes. According to Gallup, “Fifty-five percent of Americans say they want laws...

A 4-Day School Week? Research Shows Possible Benefits.

Could the traditional 5-day school week actually be a drain on students and teachers? That’s a subject explored in a recent study published by MIT Press Journals. A number of schools in Colorado have made the switch from a 5 to a 4-day school...

New Study: Marriage is Better for the Economy

It’s no secret that married parents are better for children. But did you know that married parents are also better for a state’s economy? That’s the finding from a new study released by the American Enterprise Institute. States which have 75% or...

America’s Dwindling Number of Gifted and Talented Students

Have you ever felt that your child has the potential to excel, but that his school is keeping him average? This sentiment seems to have spread in the past decade, particularly since the introduction of No Child Left Behind (NCLB). In the fight to...

The Gender Gestapo Are Coming to Schools

The PC police are hitting the streets of England and heading toward the elementary schools. Their mission? Stop children from using “sexist language.” As the Telegraph reports: “Children as young as five are going to be admonished for using...

Almost 1 in 3 Americans Didn’t Read a Book Last Year

A relative of mine recently went on a job interview. She was surprised when the first question she was asked was, “How many books do you read a month?” The fact that she was able to answer with a fairly impressive answer may have played a role in...

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