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Idzie Desmarais
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Idzie is an unschooling vegetarian animistic green-anarchist feminist hippie child.
Idzie is an unschooling vegetarian animistic green-anarchist feminist hippie child.

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There's No Such Thing As "Self-Taught"
The term “self-taught” is bandied about a lot in self-directed education circles. People learning outside the strictures of formal institutions, classes, or tutors are deemed have taught themselves, taken on the internal role of both student and teacher. An...

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"That's Not Unschooling!" Tips on Sharing Unschooling Advice Kindly and Effectively
This post was originally published on Patreon in October 2016. Patreon is a crowdfunding platform I use which lets supporters like you pledge any amount you choose--from $1 to $20 or more--per month to support my work, and in exchange you gain access to my ...

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Unschooling Helps Raise Critical Thinkers
When asked what education is supposed to do, what it’s supposed to instill in the minds of growing humans, one of the most common answers is “critical thinking.” After browsing through definitions from various dictionaries, all of which amount to essentiall...

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A Personal Manifesto On Learning Bravely
Most of what I share is advice and theory, deeply rooted in my personal experiences, but not often about my own learning journey. So as the new year starts--and thanks to a bit of inspiration from Sue Patterson’s unschooling manifesto --I wanted to sit down...

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A Personal Manifesto On Learning Bravely
Most of what I share is advice and theory, deeply rooted in my personal experiences, but not often about my own learning journey. So as the new year starts--and thanks to a bit of inspiration from Sue Patterson’s unschooling manifesto --I wanted to sit down...

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The Best Young Adult Fantasy Novels of 2016
I know, I know, this isn’t exactly a post about unschooling. And on an unschooling blog no less! How could I? But as the year comes to a close, and I look at my list of books I’ve read in 2016 on Goodreads, I wanted to share some of my young adult fantasy f...

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"Ideological Nonsense" or Revolutionary Education? 5 Outrageous Things I've Learned as a Practitioner of Unschooling
Negative mainstream media articles about unschooling--like the tides, the changing seasons, and election years--are a perennial phenomena, as familiar in the autumn as falling leaves for those of us who keep an eye out for such things. Sometimes, though, it...

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So You've Started Unschooling... Now What? Tips On Not Stressing Out As You Start Your First Unschool Year
For the majority of people, a new school year has just begun. But for a small yet growing portion of the population, there’s none of this “back to school” thing happening. Instead, they’re celebrating a new year of school-free life learning, and for some of...

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Support Your Friendly Neighborhood Unschooling Blogger
The work I do, writing this blog for over eight years, and maintaining an active accompanying Facebook page with 14,000+ followers, means so much to me. It's challenging, and enjoyable, sometimes frustrating, but always rewarding. It's also WORK. Struggling...

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The Importance of Solitude: When Socializing Isn't All It's Cracked Up to Be
One of the greatest sources of so called “concern” when it comes to school-free learning is “socialization.” It often seems that at least 50% of the questions we get asked as home-learners boils down to “but what if they don’t have any friends?” There’s ple...
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