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

Does Dress Affect our Behavior?

The Brits traditionally have a reputation for being prim and proper in any occasion. But apparently, that reputation has gone by the wayside – so much so, that British parents are regularly showing up to their children’s school events looking like...

The PC Culture Has Thrown Common Sense Out the Classroom Door

You know the PC culture has gone too far when schoolchildren are prohibited from being good or doing good to others. Unfortunately, recent news has offered two prime examples of such behavior. The first incident occurred when a Minnesota high...

Knitting is Cool Again

Over the years, my sister has produced beautiful handicrafts: an intricate crocheted baby afghan, perfectly knitted mittens, and lovely crocheted lace. I, on the other hand, have a handful of quilt squares, a crochet hook stuck in a barely used...

Some Americans Think MLK is Endorsing Trump for President

We’ve long suspected that American students are being given the short end of the stick on subjects such as reading and history, while gaining heavy instruction about diversity in race, class, and gender. But if the video below is any indication,...

The Educational Magic of Lego

Over the weekend, the U.K. Telegraph announced twenty unique job openings. The title of the job descriptions? Lego builder: “The job specification says the candidate: ‘Must have Lego building experience and be able to design and build sturdy,...

Successful Political Speech Measures at a 4th-Grade Level

For those curious to know what type of books American school children are reading, look no farther than Renaissance Learning’s 2016 report What Kids are Reading. Compiled from reading data from 9.8 million students, the report lists the top 25 most...

Religion is Down, Spirituality is Up

An interesting conundrum was raised by Pew Research earlier this week. Writing for Pew, David Masci and Michael Lipka noted that although religion is on the decline in America, the number of individuals who experience “spiritual peace and well-being...

Aristotle on Real vs. False Courage

It seems there is no shortage of problems promising to plague Americans in the coming months. Like the six hundred in Tennyson’s Charge of the Light Brigade, there are (pardon the parody): “Riots to the right of them, ISIS to the left of them,...

School Choice Week: It’s Kind of a Big Deal Now

Next week – January 24-30 – marks the sixth annual National School Choice Week. Created to “raise awareness of quality K-12 education options for children and families in communities across the country,” the week features a whopping 16,140 events...

Saudi Cleric Issues Fatwa Against... Chess?

The next Bobby Fischer may not come from the Muslim world. According to The Guardian, the token game of intellectuals now has a fatwa issued against it: “Saudi Arabia’s grand mufti has ruled that chess is forbidden in Islam, saying it...

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