Ecole Students Make 'Heart's Wishes'

Freitag, 15. November 2013

by Daniel Davis Wood

Today was the ‘Heart’s Wishes’ day for the Fall Term. This morning, all Ecole students were given the opportunity to express their intellectual interests and make wishes for academic courses that they would like to take next term or at some stage in future.

The Heart’s Wishes are one of the most unique aspects of the academic program at the Ecole d’Humanité. Instead of having to choose their classes from a list of courses to be offered next term, Ecole students can ask teachers to volunteer to teach the subjects that they, the students, are most interested in. Perhaps they would like to learn a subject not currently on offer: astronomy, for example, or business studies. Or perhaps they’d like to take a core subject, such as history, with a focus on something as specific as the history of decolonization movements or the Viking civilization. Whatever the case, Heart’s Wishes allow students to make their interests known to teachers and encourage teachers to offer a fresh selection of courses each term.

To help with the process this term, teachers in the American Program put together a catalogue of personal profiles in which they reveal what subjects they studied at college, what courses they have taught in the past, what subjects they are currently interested in, and what courses they would like to teach in future. The course catalogue — downloadable here — provides students with a starting point for discussions with teachers, to see which teacher would best be able to teach the courses the students hope to take.

The picture at the top of this page shows the Heart's Wishes sign-in sheet.