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

Want a Long-Lasting Marriage? Avoid Cohabitation.

In the last several decades, the frequency of couples living together before marriage has grown at such a great rate that to suggest a couple avoid doing so is regarded as prudish. Yet according to a new Pew Research report, cohabiting couples...

Parents Hiring Consultants to Find the Best Public Schools

The public school system has become a minefield that’s increasingly difficult for parents and students to navigate. So difficult, in fact, that New York parents are hiring consultants to tell them which neighborhoods are the best to live in, and...

Move Over, Entitled Millennials

Millennials have long had a reputation for being the “Me” generation, a label which seems increasingly accurate as many college students exhibit a hyper-sensitivity, narcissism, and entitled attitude toward life. But such attitudes may soon begin...

Problem: 21% of Parents Don’t Require Their Kids to Do Chores

Ever feel like a meanie by requiring your kids to help with family chores, such as folding laundry or washing dishes? You shouldn’t, because as Time Magazine reports, children whose parents require them to do chores are likely to be more successful...

Have Americans Forgotten How to Make Friends?

Have you ever heard of paying someone to be your friend? If not, prepare yourself, for renting a friend or hiring a person to “snuggle with” is a rising new business. According to The Atlantic, “Samantha Hess and Becky Rodrigues are paid to...

How One Teacher Discovered That iPads in the Classroom are a Bad Idea

In the last few years, countless school districts have passed initiatives to get iPads in the hands of every student. The rationale is that access to technology will improve learning and shrink achievement gaps between white and non-white students...

Single Moms Now Rooming Together

Yesterday The Washington Post reported on a growing phenomenon: more single, separated, or divorced mothers are joining forces and moving in with each other. “When Kimberly Taylor separated from her husband three years ago, she and her daughter...

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...

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