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Annie Holmquist

Annie Holmquist
Annie Holmquist is Research Associate at Intellectual Takeout. She earned her B.A. in Biblical Studies from the University of Northwestern St. Paul and specializes in the historical aspects of America's educational structure.
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Do facts and data back up the anecdotes of old-timers—namely, that the eighth-grade education of the past was just as challenging academically, if not more so, than that which happens in today’s college classrooms?... Today’s education...
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If American students are ever going to compete on an international level, or even become the well-informed individuals who will lead the next generation, are we going to have to step up our game and get them reading beyond what a grade-school child can handle?...
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Is it time for today’s parents to reverse course and begin teaching their children to respect others first, instead of their own little selves?... Let’s face it. Almost every child has likely had some type...

While the common-sense approach to early childhood education was standard practice for centuries, it has been abandoned in recent years. Shunning rote learning, we have instead told young children to draw on their own (limited) experience or feelings when completing school assignments... We all want the...
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In America, we have taken the happy childhood, which encouraged children to be independent explorers, and instead cultivated petulant, incapable, and safeguarded children... When it comes to children’s stories, an old favorite of mine is 
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Americans prefer to put politics over people. The question is, why? Is there some reason why we have reached a pitch of political fervor which causes civil discourse to fall to all-time lows?... In an age...

"The game of Chess is not merely an idle amusement. Several very valuable qualities of the mind, useful in the course of human life, are to be acquired or strengthened by it, so as to become habits, ready on all occasions"...
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If colleges are rapidly increasing the amount of social justice-based material that they feed their students, is it any wonder that they are experiencing a surge in protests...? It seems one can’t open an internet...
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Handel's Messiah was originally intended for Passion Week, but by the 1960s had been almost completely transformed into a Christmas event. Why?... The other day, I heard an announcer on a local classical radio station gently...
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By nixing Latin instruction from our schools, have we knocked the feet out from under generations of students, leaving them to struggle through the fog of schooling and literacy on their own...? A little over...
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The Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump, was asked to give a list of books he’s reading. As the Los Angeles Times notes, the fact that he couldn’t name the titles suggests that the question caught him...

The path to the adoption of the Constitution wasn’t smooth. A number of arguments and cautions against the Constitution were offered in the months preceding its adoption. Many of these arguments are chronicled in