Annie Holmquist

Annie Holmquist

Senior Writer

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Annie is a senior writer for 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

Marriage Advice from John Adams

If you’ve lived the single life for any length of time, you’ve likely received marriage advice from those who’ve walked down the aisle before you… or maybe even from those who have not.  John Adams fell into this latter category when he...

Does the Pressure to Get a College Degree Encourage Cheating?

A recent article in The Atlantic shows how cheating has bridged the gap from classroom to computer in colleges today: "Today, entrepreneurs and freelancers openly advertise services designed to help students cheat their online educations. These...

5 Little Known Facts of Apprenticeship

This week marks the first annual National Apprenticeship Week. In recognition of it, here are five facts about apprenticeships that you should know: 1. Apprenticeship was Prevalent in Antiquity According to author Paul Douglas – a University...

Stop Blaming Poverty for Educational Problems

Last week the news hit that U.S. student scores in math and reading had dropped. In stark terms, this news tells us that only 40% or less of American 4th and 8th grade students are proficient in math and reading. These poor results are excused by...

10 Tips for Being a Better Conversationalist

With the rise of cell phones, email, and text messaging, face-to-face conversational skills have declined. We know that digital communication is most likely here to stay. Yet, at the same time, many recognize that there is still an irreplaceable...

“More Truly Educated Out of College Than In It.”

It seems you can’t turn around these days without seeing some type of article or list describing the top 10 ways to get into the best college or grad program. Such a mentality stems from the idea that true education is gained from an institution or...

War of the Worlds: How the Media “Creates” News

Last Friday marked the anniversary of Orson Welles’ famous radio play War of the Worlds, which used news bulletins to tell of an alien invasion on American soil. Like many Americans, I first heard this story as a little girl and was fascinated by...

Preschoolers Increasingly Using Tablets without Supervision

Last December, while spending time with a classroom full of inner-city children, I struck up a conversation with 4-year-old twin boys. They proudly told me that they had each received a tablet for a Christmas gift. I was duly impressed – and alarmed...

This 1848 Essay Perfectly Portrays the 2016 Election

A couple of days ago Joe Biden announced that he wouldn’t join the roughly 20 candidates running for president in 2016. Regardless of what one thinks of his politics, the Vice President is to be commended. It seems he has resisted the urge and...

Americans Overwhelmingly Oppose Handgun Bans

Have American attitudes towards guns changed as a result of shootings such as the one at Umpqua Community College? When it comes to buying guns the answer might be yes. According to Gallup, “Fifty-five percent of Americans say they want laws...

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