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

Should Religion and Politics Mix?

According to the old adage, religion and politics are two things which must never be discussed in polite society. But such an adage was apparently never taken to heart by the American Founders. For them, civil and religious liberty were...

Play Has Been Replaced by Play Dates

Ever wonder what it must have been like to be a kid in the 1930s, ‘40s, or ‘50s? The kids from those eras were always coming up with some new creative show or form of play. Life was simple, but they used their imaginations and unstructured freedom...

What Would You Do if $1,300 Showed Up in Your Pizza Delivery Box?

Ben Franklin once famously said, “Honesty is the best policy.” A California man recently discovered the truth of that statement. According to CBS Sacramento, Mike Vegas had several items from Domino’s Pizza delivered to his house the other day....

New Study: Universal Preschool May Hurt Children, Not Help

Support for universal preschool seems to be growing, with everyone from President Obama to New York Mayor Bill de Blasio actively encouraging it. But a new study released by the National Bureau of Economic Research shows that universal preschool...

Should Children Address Adults as Mr. or Mrs.?

When was the last time you addressed someone by their last name? If you’re like most of society, it’s probably been a while, even if you are an individual under the age of 18. After pondering the decline of Mr. and Mrs. the other day, I was...

Are We Discouraging Parenting?

Do you know children who are being raised by their grandparents – or were you even one yourself? According to Time, roughly 2.7 million U.S. grandparents are raising their grandchildren, a number that has risen in the last 20 years. What’s...

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 better job of...

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

September 17th marks the 228th 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...

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...

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