Annie Holmquist

Annie Holmquist

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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

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...

All Work and No Sleep Makes Jack an Inefficient Employee

Are you tired? If the answer is yes, you’re likely not alone. The Washington Post recently reported that the average American gets about 1½ hours less sleep than the average American 50 years ago. Apparently, this lack of sleep...

Should We Try Separating School and Sports?

Like many school districts across the country, Virginia’s Fairfax County school district is struggling with budget shortfalls. Rather large budget shortfalls. As in $50 - $100 million budget shortfalls. Monday found the district trying to figure...

Today’s Man Bites Dog Story: Public School Teacher Takes On Unions

Rebecca Friedrichs had a rude awakening as a young student teacher. Concerned about the physically abusive teacher in the class next door, she asked her own master teacher what they should do about the abuse. The answer she got? “Nothing.”...

Today’s Schools Are Passing Kids Even When They Fail

Are schools increasingly passing students on to the next grade despite poor performance in class? That’s the issue recently explored by Jay Matthews in the Washington Post. Matthews describes the experiences of one parent who knew her...

Cursive: Easier Than We’ve Been Led to Believe?

You’ve either heard of a situation like the following or been in it yourself: The 29-year-old head of the customer service department walks down the hall and passes a hand-written complaint to a middle-age employee. “Here,” she says, “can you...

Was Your High School English Class Better than Your Grandma’s?

My grandmother passed away a few months ago. While looking through her belongings, I discovered several scrapbooks from her school days in the 1930s and 40s. One page in the scrapbook focuses on her 9th-grade English course in a small,...

Men and Women: Equal but not the Same?

Those of us born after the sexual revolution of the 1960s have been raised to believe that there is no inherent difference between men and women. Furthermore, we have been told that those differences which seem to exist are only surface-level and...

As If Tuition Wasn't Bad Enough...

It was my first course in college. Nervous and uncertain about how to navigate this new world, I examined the class syllabus, called the college bookstore, and ordered the required textbook for my course. It came in the mail a day or two later: a...

Is American Education Missing This Important Component?

With achievement gaps growing, proficiency scores stagnating, and other countries getting ahead of American students, it’s easy to frantically search for the latest and greatest solution to our education woes. But do these latest and greatest...

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