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

The MC at This State Fair Did Something Unusual

Yesterday, I wrapped up my summer by attending the Minnesota State Fair. While there, I had the fun of watching a true piece of Americana: a bull riding rodeo competition. Exciting? Absolutely! The bulls were bucking, the cowboys were flying, and...

Why is It Increasingly Difficult to Make Friends?

I recently wrote about the decline of community and the losses which ensue from such a state. In response, one of our readers commented, “Best article of the day….I’m 56, single, can count my closest acquaintances and girlfriend on 1 hand.”...

Is the Lack of Playtime Preventing Childhood Development?

Hey, did you hear about the preschool that has its students doing fractions by the time they enter kindergarten? If not, good, because it’s not true… at least, I hope not. To be honest, such a scenario doesn’t seem so far-fetched given our drive...

Parents Have a Right to Choose… the School to Which Their Child is Assigned

Should parents have the right to choose which school their child attends? Conventional wisdom says “yes,” and the court system agrees… but surprisingly only to a certain extent. According to Jacob Gershman at The Wall Street Journal: “Courts...

Can Today’s Schools Measure Up to This Class Schedule from 1918?

Have you ever wondered how one-room school teachers managed to teach eight grades at the same time, while also managing to give students a pretty high-quality education? The chart below sheds some light on the answer to that question. Published...

What We’re Giving Up by Abandoning Community

In recent months I’ve been struck by a growing realization: it can sometimes be rather difficult to take an uninterrupted walk when you know a number of your neighbors. The fact is, stopping to pat Fred’s dog, getting hailed down by Carol to see her...

Do Tablets Detract from Parent-Child Bonding Time?

Are tablet computers harming our children’s ability to read? That’s a question asked by a recent article in The Guardian. A definitive answer remains rather illusive. Because tablets and many other tech devices are relatively new, it’s difficult...

How New Orleans Schools Turned Around After Katrina

This week marks the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. For non-residents of Louisiana, the news of the Hurricane was a dark cloud over their lives for a few days, which then moved on as the initial disaster passed out of the news. For others,...

Michigan Public Schools Reading Religious Poetry?

In today’s schools, it seems it’s anathema to make any mention of God, the Bible, or Christianity. But surprisingly, that doesn’t seem to have been the case 100 years ago in Michigan Public Schools. Published in 1916 by the Michigan...

Why Families are Abandoning Public Schools, Part II

Last week we reported that American families are increasingly choosing homeschooling over public school. This decision stems largely from the reduction in the “‘quality and content of instruction at local public schools.’” In California, however...

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