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

This Unique Form of Education is Putting Normal District Schools to Shame

We’ve reached the dog days of summer, and it’s time for many people to head back to school. Increasingly, though, many children are not heading back to the normal district school to which they are assigned. Instead, many parents are...

Study: Teacher Development Courses are Ineffective

Teacher development courses are ineffective. Common sense reached that conclusion long ago. But fortunately, there’s now a study that confirms it entitled “The Mirage: Confronting the Hard Truth About Our Quest for Teacher Development.” ...

Presidential Candidates Better Have This Character Trait

Campaign season has (unfortunately) started once again. According to a presidential cheat sheet from The Atlantic, there are roughly eight alleged presidential candidates for the Democrats and a whopping 20 for the Republicans. Don’t worry, they’...

Latin Continues Its Comeback

Many of us have seen the image above and nodded our heads in agreement. But recent news out of the Vatican suggests that Latin might be making a comeback, particularly amongst the younger generation. From the Wall Street Journal: “Vatican...

The Student Debt Clock is Ticking

You’ve seen the National Debt Clock. At $18 trillion, it’s something we’d rather forget.  But did you know that we have another pile of debt on our hands? It’s the student loan debt bomb, and it grows by $3,000 per second for a current...

Family Reading Time: As Helpful Today as it was in Times Past

In case you ever wanted more evidence that reading is beneficial for children, a new study published in the Pediatrics medical journal will fit the bill. Led by Dr. John Hutton, a research team from Ohio “used functional MRI scans to measure real...

Teacher Shortage? Nope.

It’s often said that a high quality teacher is the most important factor in determining a child’s academic success. But as we gear up for a new school year, numerous states are reporting that there is a shortage of this crucial component. ...

Boys in White Dresses with Blue Satin Sashes?

Last week, Bloomberg Business reported a new fashion trend for men: womenswear. “In January, Gucci’s menswear runway collection was an eye-opener. … It was because the men on the runway looked ... like women.  In fact, some of them...

Are Child Care Costs Driving Parents Back Home?

Child care costs are increasingly unmanageable for American families. According to the Washington Post, “The average annual cost of infant-center-based care is virtually the same as the average cost of tuition and fees at a four-year public...

Huffing, Puffing, and Blowing High School Literature Courses to the Ground

Have you asked a high school junior lately what they’re reading in school? According to a report coming out of New York, it’s not Shakespeare… it’s… The Three Little Pigs?! “The report from the state Education Department says the classic...

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