Wirt, William Albert

Wirt, William Albert, 1874–1938, American educator, b. Markle, Ind., grad. DePauw Univ. (Ph.B., 1898 Ph.D., 1916). In 1907 he became superintendent of schools in Gary, Ind., where he developed a plan of school operation (see progressive education ) known variously as the Gary plan, the platoon system, and Wirt's Work-Study-Play plan. This system increased the utilization of the school plant by alternating classes between regular and special teachers.

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