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

Chaos in the Public Schools

The superintendent of St. Paul (MN) Schools is assigning extra staff to local schools in an attempt to curb violent behavior. Most recently, a high school student gave a teacher a traumatic brain injury for interfering in a fight. Unfortunately,...

Why a New Computer Program May Improve Writing Proficiency

I admit to rolling my eyes when I first read the title, “Can a Curious Computer Improve Student Writing?” in Slate Magazine. “Honestly!” ran my internal conversation, “Haven’t people realized by now that students need more than a computer program...

Homeschooling is Becoming an International Phenomenon

First there was the news that the number of homeschooled children in the U.S. rose 61.8% in the last decade.  Then came the report that homeschooling is exploding in the U.K. – with a 65% increase in the last six years. And now comes the...

Is it Time to Stop Pushing the “College-for-All” Mantra?

In Forbes today, columnist Erik Sherman addresses a common mistake that politicians and the public make about education. All too often, writes Sherman, “we move from ‘education is good’ to ‘education will fix income inequality’ or otherwise charge...

Australian Schools Brought Back Greek and Latin – and Are Seeing Amazing Results!

In 2015, less than 40% of American 4th and 8th-graders achieved proficiency in reading. Public schools have been trying to boost these numbers for years, but have had little success. But news out of Australia may offer a new way to boost not only...

Have You Read These 10 Titles From the Original Harvard Library?

In 1638, a man named John Harvard died and bequeathed half of his estate and his library of over 400 books to a fledgling college in Massachusetts. Today, we know that college as Harvard University. To the modern ear, many of the titles John...

Homeschoolers Sued For Letting Their Children Play Outside During the Day

Outdoor play is declining and causing a number of negative consequences for America's children. Recognizing this, many parents and teachers are doing all they can to encourage youngsters to get outside and let loose. Unfortunately for Andrew and...

Are Schools Squelching the Intelligence of American Children?

It’s no secret that American students are sadly falling behind. One look at the Nation’s Report Card tells us that not even half of students at the 4th, 8th, or 12th grade levels are able to achieve proficiency in math, reading, history, or any...

Decrease in Teen Moms

According to a new report from the CDC, the average age of women at the time of first childbirth has risen from 24.9 to 26.3 in the last 15 years. Reporting on this increase, NPR writes, “The main force pulling the average age to the older...

Are They Trying to Ruin Anne of Green Gables?!?

If you’re a fan of the lovable, red-headed orphan, Anne Shirley, then it might delight you to hear that Anne of Green Gables is returning to the screen. But before you scream for joy, you may want to consider the fact that the show is prepared to...

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