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I'm a retired educator and school counselor. Years ago I observed psychosocial interactions amongst mixed-age groups of children, and became fascinated by behaviors that were wildly different from what I had ever come to expect within groups of same-age children.
Evolutionary AnthroPsychology (EAP) is a field of study exploring and comparing premodern and modern enculturation systems for children.
EAP explores the co-evolution of the human psyche and tribalesque societies, to determine how premodern age-integrated psychosocial environments once served to facilitate the enculturation of children, supported inherent 'human nature’, and resulted in social cohesion and sustainability. EAP is especially interested in the enculturation mechanisms that supported the passage of cultural knowledge from one generation to the next
EAP explores how institutional age-segregrated psychosocial environments, that are implicit in modern grade-based schooling, alters children’s natural enculturation process, impacts the development of inherent ‘human nature’, and results in significant individual, familial, societal and environmental consequences.
EAP's ultimate goals are to rehumanize school psychosocial environments to be in alignment with children’s inherent human nature and innate enculturation needs.
Did it ever occur to you:
Do you have pictures of mixed-age groups of children, one-room schools, tribal groupings, and/or group photos of same-age kids? We'd love to have them for our slideshow
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Our names are Alan Phillips and Ronda Trujillo. We are both seasoned educators. Our mission is to start a conversation amongst folks who can make a difference in "re-humanizing" schools based on historical enculturation essentials.
Throughout human history, age-inclusive social habitats provided natural enculturation formats which were in alignment with children’s inherent human nature and developmental needs. Modern “grade schools” effectively isolate children from all other ages, creating an institutionalized enculturation experience that is out of synch with children’s inherent nature and developmental needs.
The catastrophic results can be mitigated by re-humanizing schools, using models from the past.