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

Failure to Teach Cursive is Becoming a ‘Security Issue’

While volunteering in a program for inner city children this past weekend, I was charged to work with a little girl who seemed to be around 9 or 10 years-old. We quietly worked side by side for a few minutes, each making a copy of the day’s writing...

Is Hillary’s Feminism Hurting Her Campaign?

In a recent article for Salon Magazine, Democrat social critic Camille Paglia suggests that Hillary Clinton’s inability to gain popularity with the male electorate may be the result of her particular brand of feminism: “As a career woman,...

You Can Judge a School by Its Book List

How can parents determine where their child will learn the most and become a well-rounded and knowledgeable citizen? Writing in the early 20th century, British educator and author Charlotte Mason left us with a simple and sound answer to this...

Long-lost Beatrix Potter Tale Uncovered

My relationship with Beatrix Potter goes way back. I got to know her in second grade when the school English curriculum took me through her famous stories one by one. Although finding the definitions for the vocabulary words and answering the...

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...

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