Annie Holmquist

Annie Holmquist

Senior Writer

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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

Michigan Public Schools Reading Religious Poetry?

In today’s schools, it seems it’s anathema to make any mention of God, the Bible, or Christianity. But surprisingly, that doesn’t seem to have been the case 100 years ago in Michigan Public Schools. Published in 1916 by the Michigan...

Why Families are Abandoning Public Schools, Part II

Last week we reported that American families are increasingly choosing homeschooling over public school. This decision stems largely from the reduction in the “‘quality and content of instruction at local public schools.’” In California,...

Illiteracy is Costing America Billions

A few months ago, there was a bit of hubbub when Minneapolis knocked off Washington, D.C., for the top spot in the “Most Literate City in America” study. Produced each year by Dr. Jack Miller of Central Connecticut State University, the study draws...

Uber Competition

Ever heard of Uber? To the unfamiliar, the company seems almost like a guerrilla taxi service. Officially, however, “Uber touts itself as a technology company that matches riders with drivers.” Taking advantage of standard GPS technology and...

Is the School Day Inefficient?

Is the public school’s institutional approach to education inefficient? The life of Denver high school junior Nick Bain suggests it certainly is. According to NPR, last school year Bain recognized the assembly-line process that he was being...

Let Them Play!

By now, many of us are convinced that kids need more recess time than they currently have. A recent article in the Washington Post confirms this. According to Debbie Rhea, when it comes to solutions and strategies to improve education, more time...

Character Education: Should More Schools Be Providing It?

A few weeks ago, I wrote a piece which raised the idea of separating sports from school. Many of you agreed that uncoupling the two would be beneficial in boosting academic performance. According to a new poll from Education Next, Intellectual...

Should More Americans Return to Gardening?

Thriftiness is a highly admired quality… but have you ever noticed how hard it is to be thrifty in a grocery store? Food prices seem to be continually high and rose again in July for the sixth month in a row. According to the USDA, a moderate-cost...

Why Families are Abandoning Public Schools

Unsocialized religious freaks living in the sticks. That’s how many critics view homeschoolers. But according to TIME magazine, it’s an uninformed caricature of an increasingly popular form of education. “Today, as many as 2 million—or 2.5...

School Spending: Higher Than You Might Think

“Based on your best guess, what is the average amount of money spent each year for a child in public schools in your local school district?” That’s a question recently asked of thousands of adults in America. Unfortunately, their answers suggest...

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