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

Is a Social Justice Curriculum One-Sided?

There’s an interesting imgur post now floating around the internet. The image, from Montclair State University, advertises a seminar to teach elementary school teachers how to craft a social justice curriculum for their classroom. Among other things...

Social Promotion in U.S. High Schools Reaches an All-Time High!

There is much rejoicing in recent headlines, for the U.S. high school graduation rate has reached a new high. NPR reports: “For the fourth straight year, the U.S. high school graduation rate has improved to an all-time high of 82 percent in...

Most Americans Say Christmas Should Be Celebrated in Public Schools

Every year it seems there is some new “War on Christmas” incident in the schools. One of the most recent examples occurred in a New York public school: “New principal Eujin Jaela Kim has given PS 169 in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, a politically...

Yikes! One-Third of Americans Can’t Name ANY First Amendment Rights

On December 15, 1791, the first 10 amendments to the Constitution were ratified, giving Americans their famed Bill of Rights. Sadly, many Americans don’t even know the freedoms they are guaranteed in the first and most famous amendment. According...

Teacher Autonomy Becoming a Thing of the Past

A good teacher is one of the most important factors in the successful education of a child. But are bureaucrats increasingly tying the hands of good teachers and hindering them from effective teaching? A recent study from the Department of...

Right and Wrong According to "Secret Agent" C.S. Lewis

While browsing through headlines this morning, one in particular caught my eye: “C.S. Lewis Was a Secret Government Agent.” My curiosity got the better of me and I clicked on the article by Harry Lee Poe. Poe, a Lewis aficionado, described how he...

Our Over-Controlled Society is Damaging Children’s Social Skills

Have you ever wondered what happened to the days when children could roam through the neighborhood, building forts in empty lots, walking to the store a half mile away, and inventing all sorts of games to play up and down the block? According to...

This 1896 Text Gives One Clue on Handling High School Discipline

The prevalence of school discipline issues has escalated in recent years, so much so, that last Friday, a Minnesota high school student assaulted a teacher during a fight, leaving him with traumatic brain injury. How do we restore order and...

High School Violence: A Sign that Schools Need Stronger Discipline Policies?

Teachers in Minnesota’s St. Paul Public Schools district are considering a strike – but not over pay or benefits. Instead, they’re concerned about their own safety. According to a local newspaper, discipline problems in the district have...

What’s Driving the Rise in ADHD?

Ever feel that the number of children diagnosed with ADHD is growing? According to today’s Washington Post, that feeling is more than imagined: “A study published in The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry on Tuesday shows a surprising 55 percent...

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