The Humanistic Teacher: First the Child, Then Curriculum supports teachers and parents in their quest to provide the best possible education for each and every child. Meeting the needs of every child is the basic tenet of humanistic education, and this text explores both theory and practical methods for achieving this difficult goal. Using examples from their fifty years of experience as teachers, administrators, and researchers, the authors explain the importance of humanistic methods such as self-study of one's own teacher practice, working together with other teachers, and establishing realistic boundaries with children of all ages. The Humanistic Teacher enables teachers to meet the different needs of individual students and to become the educators they want to be.
Jerome S. Allender is a retired Professor of Education at Temple University. His two most recent books are Imagery in Teaching and Learning: An Autobiography of Research in Four World Views and Teacher Self: The Practice of Humanistic Education. Donna Sclarow Allender co-founded the Project Learn School in Philadelphia in 1970. She taught there for 20 years and is currently a member of its administrative committee. She is also a practicing psychotherapist.
"Donna and Jerry Allender are pioneers in the world of humanistic education, both in theory and in practice. Their work exemplifies the principle that a good school is as educative for its teachers as it is for its students. Their commitment is to study the work they do and to share the lessons they learned from their teacher colleagues, students, and parents with fellow educators across the world. They write autobiographically and yet self-critically about the development of humanistic schools, and they personify the even more elusive value of becoming humanistic scholars. The Allenders' discussion of their personal and professional development as educators is an inspiring account of lives in which pedagogy and scholarship have come together to teach, to learn, and to learn from teaching. In so doing, they become powerful examples of a robust partnership in education and personal life."