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We invite you to peruse the content of this website. It may present a very  different paradigm concerning schools and child-raising.  We'll start by exploring the enculturation processes that existed throughout almost all of human history prior to the implementation of "age grade" schooling.   We'll investigate the rational used  during the first half of the  20th century for replacing historic mixed-age educational formats with "factory model" schools of today.  We'll examine with 'new eyes' the reality of today's institutionalized enculturation process, and its far-reaching consequences on children, the world at large, and upon ourselves.  Most importantly, we'll seek out innovative ways of incorporating  'humanizing' enculturation mechanisms  into our schools, child-raising practices, and  communities. Ones that are fully compatible with children's inherent human nature. Finally, with the recognition that most of us suffered from the effects of a dehumanizing institutional upbringing, we'll explore how we might heal and 're-humanize' ourselves and others such that we might become able to fully express our inherent human nature. 

"Enculturation":  the process by which an individual learns the traditional content of a culture and assimilates its practices and values. (Merriam-Webster)

Feb 20, 2018   

Almost everything we know about child growth and development

results  from clinical observations of children who are products of a very unnatural and dehumanizing enculturation process. One that was modeled after Prussian schools  in the mid 1800's.  Prior to that, one-room schoolhouses mimicked the enculturation environment within  which humanity evolved during its' 5+million year history.  Might there be lessons to be learned from exploring the social habitats and encultruation processes which once supported the development of children's inherent human nature  throughout 99.997% of humanity's history? 

 “Naturally Raised Children” (NRC) presumes that humans are evolutionarily hard-wired to successfully achieve enculturation within mixed-age social habitats; and that age-segregation - implicit in modern schooling - thwarts the development of inherent human nature to the detriment of individuals across their lifespans,  the social fabric of families and communities, and the world we live in.

Disclaimer:  NRC's effort to transform the social dynamics within today's schools should not be viewed as an attack on public schooling, teachers and those who work in educational settings.  Nor does NRC advocate for a return to some sort of  pre-industrial or pre-technological world.

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

Welcome to Naturally Raised Children

 Naturally Raised Kids  BLOG

We are in the process of 

setting up this site. We welcome your comments on NRC 

concepts, relevant personal  experiences,  constructive criticisms,  and pertinent 

information on the  

far-reaching subject matter 

encompassed by Naturally Raised Kids

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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.


The philosophy behind Naturally Raised Kids  originated from  observations of mixed-age groups of children in a  program called Adventure Weekend.  The  children aged 2-12 behaved radically different within an age-integrated social setting.  Learn how this experience gave rise to the notion of Naturally Raised Kids

​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.

Transforming  schools to enhance  THE LIVES OF CHILDREN, families,  SOCIETY,  and OUR PLANET

This site is under construction. We welcome your visit and invite your input! last revised 2/8/16