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 Brilliant Reason This School Decided to ‘Cancel’ Christmas

It seems there’s always some Grinch that wants to ruin Christmas every year. This year the Grinch award seemed ready to go to a British school in Yorkshire whose teachers told students that Christmas celebrations would be banned from its halls....

Pediatricians Offer 3 Simple Guidelines for Toy-Buying Parents

We’ve all seen it happen. Pick out the toy you only dreamed about as a child, wrap it up, watch a little tot open it, and… see him start playing with the box. It’s an old cliché that’s so true it’s laughable. So how can we avoid such a scenario...

Michelle Obama Lets the Truth Slip About Feminism and Motherhood

In case you missed it, Michelle Obama uttered a surprising statement over the weekend. It was all over the news, but unfortunately, not for the reason it should have been. Most commentators covered Obama’s statement because the former first lady...

How Every Parent Can Combat Rising Teen Depression

Today’s young people are depressed. According to an issue of the Johns Hopkins Health Review, “the odds of adolescents suffering from clinical depression grew by 37 percent between 2005 and 2014.” And this depression doesn’t appear to get better...

Actress Mourns the Death of Compliments at Work

I always find it fascinating when a public figure makes a candid remark about the negative effects of politically correct culture. Such remarks often contain a hint of apology, as if the speaker knows that such a statement is decidedly unpopular and...

A 1944 Warning About Genetically Edited Babies

I saw the headline scroll across the marquee as I drove by the public radio station this morning: gene-edited babies are officially a thing.   The news comes out of China at the hands of researcher He Jiankui, who genetically edited a pair...

High School Students Claim Ignorance Should Not Be Used Against Them in Exam Scores

“My dog ate my homework” has long been the default excuse for students who miss the mark with their school assignments. But high school students in New Zealand appear to have moved beyond this tired excuse, for instead of blaming the dog, they...

The ‘Parenting Coach’ Industry Has Exploded in the Last 20 Years. Here’s Why.

Ever seen an episode of Supernanny? For those unfamiliar with the British TV program, Jo Frost is the supernanny who comes into a chaotic home, evaluates the situation, and then teaches parents how they can restore peace and raise their children...

What UK Parents Are Doing About Today’s ‘Oppressive’ School System

When it comes to exports, the US ranks third behind China and the European Union. But even while it trails in the exportation of physical goods, the US seems to be succeeding in the exportation of new ideas. One of these is the modern homeschool...

Boy Scouts Learn Just How Fickle Women Can Be

It happened. The Girl Scouts are finally suing their male counterparts after the latter decided to open its doors to scouts of both sexes a little over a year ago. Officially, the lawsuit centers on trademark issues. With the Boy Scouts...

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