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

Teaching Students to Write in the Wrong Way

American students are terrible writers. Employers, professors, and statistics agree. In 2011, only 27% of American 8th and 12th graders were deemed proficient in writing. Naturally, teachers are working hard to overcome this problem. But a recent...

Our Overcautious Society is Hurting Children

I walked by my childhood playground a few months ago. The massive wood structure, steep slides, and high swings were gone, replaced by a much smaller – and safer – set of plastic equipment. Such a change is a common occurrence these days – after...

Let Your Child Play Outside? You Could Face Jail for That.

Americans are realizing that children need more time for outdoor free play. Lack of play is increasingly tied to a decline in non-cognitive skills and a rise in hyperactivity.  But what happens to the parents who actually provide outdoor...

Gratitude Lists of 5 Famous Americans

Thanksgiving presents us with an opportunity to pause and reflect on the blessings we have been given. To get your personal gratitude juices flowing, check out the gratitude lists which five famous Americans once composed. They demonstrate, as...

Retailers Rediscovering Rest on Thanksgiving Weekend

Ever been disheartened by the scores of cars you see in mall parking lots while driving home from Thanksgiving dinner at Grandma’s? The recent push to expand Black Friday onto the Thanksgiving holiday itself seems to signal that the days of rest,...

More Seat Time Does Not a Good Education Make

The OECD (the organization responsible for the international PISA exam) just released a new study on the state of international education. Among the report’s many charts is one which shows the number of hours students are in school. The U.S....

Poll: Americans Not Equipped to Make Good Political Decisions

Recently, the Pew Research Center released a study on how Americans view the government. Not surprisingly, public trust of government is at an all-time low of only 19%. But there’s also low confidence in the American people. The survey...

Will Smith: We're All Prejudiced

“Raaacist!” Ever had someone playfully call you that? Society has used the “R” word so much that it’s almost become a joke uttered every time someone makes a comment about anyone – even of the same skin color. Actor Will Smith recently noted the...

Should Schools Place More Educational Value on P.E.?

In 110 A.D., the Greek philosopher Plutarch waxed eloquent on how to raise virtuous, well-mannered, and thoroughly educated children. But Plutarch’s educational regimen was not limited to books. In line with previous Greek educational philosophy, he...

Most Americans Say Children Today Need More Discipline

The American Family Survey recently released a new report on American attitudes toward children, family, and marriage.  When asked to name the biggest issue American families face, respondents did not pick economic related issues, such as a...

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