Educational Philosophy: Humanism


As an educator, you should understand students have different ways of learning. Having an understanding of the process students go though in order to learn, helps outlining  the teaching process. As a sex educator, you must insure student’s are developing an understanding about sexuality through the various learning styles. Educators are responsible for educating students on topics and issues which can enhance and protect their sexuality, curiosity and behavior about sex. According to Aloni (1999) humanistic education is generally used to designate a variety of educational theories and practices… committed to the world-view and ethical code of Humanism; that is, positing the enhancement of human development, well-being, and dignity as the ultimate end of all human thought and actions (para. 1). Humanistic education can help students gain some responsibility and independence for their sex education. Sexuality and sex are taboo topics because people have different opinions and comfort levels when discussing sex, sexuality,and sex education. Using the humanistic learning philosophy to guide teaching can be beneficial for students to learn about sex, sexuality and the various aspects of sex education.

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As a sex educator, the humanistic learning approach is a great guide for teaching because it is person center, which means it works with the specific needs of each individual. It helps motivate and enhance students growth through learning techniques, making the student responsible for their own learning. Using humanistic learning is a great guide for teaching because every student is different and  each student has a different interest in sexuality. The humanistic approach allows the educator to give students the foundation and tools they need to understand various aspects of sexuality. In turn, the students become responsible for implementing the tools and using the information given in any way they see fit. The humanistic approach allows students to screen the information they received from an instructor, allowing the student to omit and accept  portions of a lesson, which is relevant to them. Allowing students to personalize lessons. Because sex education can cover an array of topics, it could be overwhelming for some students. Allowing students to take control of their sex education and the information they receive sets a firm foundation for students to enhance their knowledge about human sexuality.

As an educator, it is important to allow students to internalize and accept information on their own terms. Students given the opportunity to make their own decisions about what they learn in sex education can be a huge benefit in the long run. The ultimate goal of teaching sex education is for students to be informed which allows students to make educational decision about sex. The humanistic approach allows the teacher to introduce the information in a learning environment and allow the student to be motivated by the information and begin taking responsibility for their sexual education.



Aloni, N. (1999). Humanistic education. March 15, 2014. Retrieved from


2 responses to “Educational Philosophy: Humanism

  1. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could apply the Humanistic approach to every subject we are learning about? Think back to your middle and high school experiences learning, and how much more could you have learned if all of the teachers were able to apply this philosophy to their classes? My favorite thing about the Humanistic philosophy, is that the students are encouraged to take the tools given to them and take charge and responsibility of their own learning, and to “own” their educational journey. Sure, we might retain information when we are being talked at, or after memorizing a slide, but when the information is tailored to the students, and when the students can take the information and make it theirs, that is where the real learning happens.

  2. I believe humanism and the humanistic approach to education is an underrepresented theory in the classroom. There is something so incredibly valuable in allowing students the room to grow as not only a participant in an educational setting, but as a human being themselves. I did have one question regarding your blog post – do you think it could be a dangerous suggestion that students take parts of their education that align with their beliefs and values and chose to leave the other aspects behind? Cognitively I understand that this may very well happen regarding the theoretical approach behind the lessons being taught, but I wonder what the implications would be if this was actively encouraged by education professionals.

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