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

But What About the Socialization?!?

The Washington Post recently reported on a new study about the effects of television viewing. Apparently, the more television a toddler watches, the more likely he is to be bullied in middle school. “[E]arly television viewing is linked with...

U.S. Department of Education: Parents Are Support Staff

On Friday, the U.S. Department of Education released a document detailing ways parents can foster a better education for their child.  Upon the release of the document, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan declared: “’I have never met a...

What Families Are Missing By Not Reading Aloud

Earlier this year, The Wall Street Journal ran an article entitled “The Great Gift of Reading Aloud,” in which author Meghan Gurdon reflects on how she implemented family reading time in her household. Gurdon describes read-aloud time as...

New York Times: Apprenticeships are a Path to the Middle Class

By now you’ve probably heard about the back-to-the-future moment many European countries are having with higher education. Sensing the need to have a well-trained, capable, and employed population, European nations are increasingly directing their...

3 Simple Ways to Become a Better Reader

I’ve loved books ever since I was a small child. As an expression of my love, I always tried to treat them carefully and respectfully, never throwing them around and never – Heaven forbid! – writing in them. While the respect my...

3 Simple Criteria for Choosing Books

Over the years, I’ve heard a number of teachers and parents say a variation of the following: “I don’t care what the child reads, just as long as he is reading!” This statement always makes me uneasy. I can see the need to give a child...

Thomas Jefferson's Ridiculously Long List of Book Recommendations

Last week saw the 239th celebration of America’s Independence Day. Considering many Americans today can’t even explain why we celebrate the 4thof July, it’s somewhat awe-inspiring to see how the American Founders were able to have the...

Half of Public School Parents Would Rather Enroll Their Child Elsewhere

The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice just released its annual survey detailing America’s opinions and attitudes on education. Among other things, the survey asked questions about curriculum, tests, and various forms of school...

Are Gifted and Talented Students Being Left Behind?

We hear a lot about the efforts and plans to promote the progress of failing students in today’s public schools. But in our efforts to get those students caught up, are we also squelching the abilities and interests of our best and brightest...

4 Proven Ways Fathers Improve Their Child’s Education

If you could name one piece of advice your father gave you about education, what would it be? I asked myself this question the other day when I realized that Father’s Day was fast approaching. One particular phrase of my father’s immediately...

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