Idzie Desmarais

is creating writing about self-directed lifelong learning

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About Idzie Desmarais

Hello! I’m Idzie Desmarais, grown unschooler and author of the blog I’m Unschooled. Yes, I Can Write., which has been going strong for over a decade.

I explore unschooling and self-directed lifelong learning, youth rights, and respectful parenting, as well as all the intersections between those things. Pulling from lifelong personal experience, I dig into what animates and shapes this style of living and learning, exploring how to live more respectfully with children and young people. My anarchist politics are woven deeply into my beliefs about unschooling, and I try to always look at issues of education and parenting through an anti-oppression, pro-liberation lens.

I believe the way we treat children and approach education has the capacity to change the world, and the more people who are questioning and criticizing the current models and advocating for greater respect and justice, the better.

My blog and Facebook page are currently on hiatus while I focus on trying to write the book (on self-directed education) that I've wanted to write for years. I certainly can't promise success: this is a daunting undertaking, and I don't really feel like I know what I'm doing, but I do know this is where I want my energy to be going right now.

With that in mind, I may be sharing short excerpts from my work-in-progress in lieu of regular essays here.


What is Patreon?

Patreon is a platform that allows readers and fans who want to provide financial support to a creator whose work they love to do so in a simple, sustained way by pledging an amount of their choice each month. And in exchange, they get access to content not found anywhere else. All financial supporters of mine on Patreon get access to everything I post here, which will usually include one patron-exclusive essay/article a month, along with assorted other digital content (favourite link roundups, book recommendations, etc.). I understand that everyone is in a different financial situation, so it’s important to me that even those only able to make the smallest contribution have access to all of the same content, and know that I value every single supporter equally, and that I am deeply grateful for every person choosing to send some of their hard earned money my way.

How do I use my Patreon earnings?

I have several chronic and mental illnesses, and my Patreon earnings, small though they might be, have a very real and important impact on my life and wellbeing, in large part going towards medication that helps me manage things like chronic migraine. The money I make here has been enough to completely cover the cost of the medications I need to function almost every month for over a year. That’s huge! If I get more patrons, and a greater income, that will help me access further health care that’s only partially covered or not covered at all in my province’s health care plan (like psychotherapy, dental care, eye care, etc.).

In conclusion

Patreon allows me to build relationships with readers, help me get the financial support that makes my life easier (and healthier), and provide a space where I can share content I don’t post anywhere else.

No matter how much you pledge, how long you remain a patron, or even whether you become a patron or not, your support and encouragement mean the world to me. Thank you for being here!
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