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

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...

A 4-Day School Week? Research Shows Possible Benefits.

Could the traditional 5-day school week actually be a drain on students and teachers? That’s a subject explored in a recent study published by MIT Press Journals. A number of schools in Colorado have made the switch from a 5 to a 4-day school...

New Study: Marriage is Better for the Economy

It’s no secret that married parents are better for children. But did you know that married parents are also better for a state’s economy? That’s the finding from a new study released by the American Enterprise Institute. States which have 75% or...

America’s Dwindling Number of Gifted and Talented Students

Have you ever felt that your child has the potential to excel, but that his school is keeping him average? This sentiment seems to have spread in the past decade, particularly since the introduction of No Child Left Behind (NCLB). In the fight to...

The Gender Gestapo Are Coming to Schools

The PC police are hitting the streets of England and heading toward the elementary schools. Their mission? Stop children from using “sexist language.” As the Telegraph reports: “Children as young as five are going to be admonished for using...

Almost 1 in 3 Americans Didn’t Read a Book Last Year

A relative of mine recently went on a job interview. She was surprised when the first question she was asked was, “How many books do you read a month?” The fact that she was able to answer with a fairly impressive answer may have played a role in...

Turns Out That Students Like Real Books, Not Electronic Ones

Increasingly, many school referenda are based on the need to buy iPads or other tech devices for students. These devices, it is implied, will diminish achievement gaps and bring learning to new heights. However, research has shown such “needs” to...

Atheists Increasingly Attending Divinity Schools

A new phenomenon is happening in prominent American divinity schools: the student body increasingly includes secular, non-religious individuals. According to the New York Times, this shift is not driven by atheist students seeking to invade and...

China is Quaking in Its Boots Over This Little Piece of Paper

According to the New York Times, communist China is terrified of an 800 year-old copy of the Magna Carta. The touring document arrived in China this week, but was abruptly moved from its high profile exhibition spot at a university to a secluded and...

Target Porn

Target’s taking some heat for the second time in several months over its choice of store music. According to reports coming out of one of its California stores, Target played pornographic audio over its loudspeakers on the morning of October 14th...

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