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

This 1897 Text Gives 3 Clues Why Today’s Students Can’t Write

Last week the Nation’s Report Card announced that no more than 40% of America’s 4th and 8th graders are proficient in reading and math. Those are scary numbers, but the numbers for writing are even more frightening: only 27% of American 8th and 12th...

This 1918 Journal Entry Will Make You Thank a Veteran

November 11th marks the official observance of Veterans Day, the holiday first inaugurated to celebrate the end of World War I. Because of our dislike for the horrors of war, it’s easy to dismiss and overlook the great sacrifices and heroism...

Should the Welfare System Go Local?

Recently, the House Ways and Means Committee held a hearing about the American welfare system. In the opening statements, Representative Charles Boustany stated: “This federal welfare system is large, fragmented, and growing in cost. The...

Is a Two-Parent Income Worth It?

Did you see the New York Times article describing the stressed, rushed, and tired state of two-parent working families? The piece was based on a recent Pew Research survey which examined the attitudes of working fathers and mothers. As I looked...

Marriage Advice from John Adams

If you’ve lived the single life for any length of time, you’ve likely received marriage advice from those who’ve walked down the aisle before you… or maybe even from those who have not.  John Adams fell into this latter category when he...

Does the Pressure to Get a College Degree Encourage Cheating?

A recent article in The Atlantic shows how cheating has bridged the gap from classroom to computer in colleges today: "Today, entrepreneurs and freelancers openly advertise services designed to help students cheat their online educations. These...

5 Little Known Facts of Apprenticeship

This week marks the first annual National Apprenticeship Week. In recognition of it, here are five facts about apprenticeships that you should know: 1. Apprenticeship was Prevalent in Antiquity According to author Paul Douglas – a University...

Stop Blaming Poverty for Educational Problems

Last week the news hit that U.S. student scores in math and reading had dropped. In stark terms, this news tells us that only 40% or less of American 4th and 8th grade students are proficient in math and reading. These poor results are excused by...

10 Tips for Being a Better Conversationalist

With the rise of cell phones, email, and text messaging, face-to-face conversational skills have declined. We know that digital communication is most likely here to stay. Yet, at the same time, many recognize that there is still an irreplaceable...

“More Truly Educated Out of College Than In It.”

It seems you can’t turn around these days without seeing some type of article or list describing the top 10 ways to get into the best college or grad program. Such a mentality stems from the idea that true education is gained from an institution or...

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