Annie Holmquist

Annie Holmquist

Editor

Annie is Editor of 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 Cost of Female Empowerment

The 2018 election achieved the height of female empowerment as women of all backgrounds gained seats in the nation’s legislatures. Young mothers made up a sizeable chunk of this group. In the U.S. Congress, the number of young moms “nearly...

Why Schools Must Stop Relying on ‘Best Practices’ When Teaching Writing

When it comes to writing, American kids just don’t cut it. Only 27 percent of eighth grade students achieve proficiency in the subject, according to The Nation’s Report Card. That shouldn’t surprise us given the type of writing instruction which...

Why Schools Need a ‘Curriculum of Family’

Who should be a greater influence in a child’s life: parents or teachers? Many would say the latter. After all, teachers are the professional experts who know about childhood development and the elements of a good education. They are the ones who...

One Reason Teachers Should Be Paid More

Should teachers be paid more? “Absolutely!” many teachers would say. The exact opposite response often comes from the general public. Many take one look at The Nation’s Report Card, see that only one third of 12th graders are proficient...

An Intellectual Takeout Obituary: Aaron Wolf

From time to time I give readers a peep into office life at Intellectual Takeout, particularly concerning the masculinity and chivalry of my male co-workers. Today I’d like to do the same, but with a bit of a sorrowful twist. We lost a co-worker...

Old Kindergarten Requirements Suggest Today’s Classrooms Are Too Much, Too Soon

I received a rather frantic email from a friend when school started last fall. Panicking over the number of parents posting first day of preschool pictures, my friend wondered if she had made a mistake by not sending her four-year-old to school. “...

Teachers Report Increasing Abuse at the Hands of Students

Teachers have always had a hard job. It takes a dedicated person to prepare lessons, manage a classroom full of children, and deal with unhappy parents. But the role of teacher has become even more difficult — even dangerous — in recent years...

Larger Schools May Be Driving Teen Suicide Rates Higher

Recent headlines have been screaming out a familiar story: teen suicide rates are increasing. Suicide was the second leading cause of death for teens in 2016, and the teen suicide rate jumped 70 percent over the previous ten years, according to...

A Good Friday Remembrance from the Heart of the Holocaust

(This story was originally published by Intellectual Takeout on March 29, 2018.) That the most important weekend in Christendom is fraught with busyness is hard to deny. New clothes, chocolate bunnies, egg hunts, and time with family make it easy...

How Women Can Determine Which Men Will Be Successful in Life

“What are your long-term goals in life?” is a typical question posed by employers to job applicants. It’s a question many people hate answering. But a young college-age friend of mine has the best answer I’ve ever heard. Without batting an eye,...

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