The Winnetka Plan was an educational experiment held in the elementary school system of Winnetka, Illinois. Developed by Carleton Washburne and inspired by John Dewey's work in the University of Chicago Laboratory School, the plan attempted to expand educational focus to creative activities and emotional and social development. Primary or elementary education is the first years of formal, structured education that occurs during childhood. ... Winnetka is a village located in Cook County, Illinois. ... John Dewey (October 20, 1859 â June 1, 1952) was an American philosopher, psychologist, and educational reformer, whose thought has been greatly influential in the United States and around the world. ... The University of Chicago is a private co-educational university located in Chicago, Illinois. ...
The curriculum divided subjects into "common essentials" and "creative group activities." While "common essentials" required students to demonstrate mastery to advance, the creative activities allowed students to advance at different rates and there were no strict goals or standards of achievement.
The plan was widely imitated and led to shifts in curriculum focus across the United States.
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