Annie Holmquist

Annie Holmquist

Senior Writer

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 3 Ways One Pioneer Mother Taught Her Children to Love Reading

In a recent conversation, a friend of mine shared how one of her children had been diagnosed with dyslexia. They were working to overcome the difficulty, but the obstacle was still troubling to her as a mother. “After all,” she mourned, “children...

Mayor Suggests Fine-Free Libraries So ‘Everyone Can Afford to Check Out a Book’

Early this spring I experienced something that has probably only happened to me once before: I had an overdue library book. Given that I was the girl in college who felt frantically behind on her homework if she wasn’t a week ahead in her...

5 Dating Tips for Those Interested in True, Long-Lasting Love

While recently scrolling through headlines, I came across one proclaiming, “How to be charming on a date.” Clicking on it, I found five tips, complete with detailed explanations of how to carry out this charm. These are summarized below: Be...

Google and Apple Are Recognizing the Façade of the Education System

I was at a wedding several weeks ago when I ran into a young man I hadn’t seen for a while. Naturally, I asked what he was up to. Was he finished with high school? College? To my surprise, he stated that he was working for Apple as a software...

Teacher Punishes Student… for Good Manners

Everyone expects the first week of school to contain some hiccups. Even though we all know that our children are perfect angels and would never give their teachers trouble, the transition to schedules and classmates can also contain behavior...

Why Education is the ‘Fraud of the Age’

There’s always something thrilling about the start of a new school year or semester. New clothes to wear. Fresh books to explore. New teachers to meet. It’s all become a part of what we call back-to-school and the education experience. Of course...

Chores: The Secret to Childhood Happiness?

Over the weekend, New York Times author KJ Dell’Antonia penned an article on children and chores. Such a subject is nothing new and Dell’Antonia acknowledges this. The problem, she notes, is the fact that many parents know how helpful chores are...

High Schoolers Don't Read Books Anymore… and Why That Sets Them Up for Failure

By now, it’s a well-known fact that American adults don’t read. Fourteen percent can’t read at all. Thirteen percent can’t read proficiently. And according to Pew, one in four adults didn’t even bother to pick up a book in the last year. But...

Former Syracuse Professor Explains Why the University Should Not Be a Shopping Mall

As a colleague of mine recently observed, today’s high school students seem to be much more prone to choosing college alternatives than they were a few years ago. Such observation is not a figment of imagination, but a reality across the globe, a...

Soulmate Marriage: An Unrealistic Goal?

A recent edition of the NPR program “Hidden Brain” asked an increasingly prevalent question: “When Did Marriage Become So Hard?” The idea that marriage is difficult is underscored by the fact that nearly 40 to 50 percent of all marriages end in...

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