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The foundations of the present-day Canadian public education system were laid in the 19th century when Canada was still a British colony. The goal of those who were set the task of reforming the education system was to better meet the needs of British colonial interests and the interests of a colony whose cities were growing. When you examine the artifacts in this collection, you always have to ask the question "whose needs are being met as public education evolved?"

There are a few key questions to keep in mind, when considering the social issues that the public education system attempts to address, be it the lack of care for underprivileged children, corporal punishment, special education or treatment of those outside of the white Anglo-Saxon Protestant majority.
These key questions include:
 - To what extent does this issue continue? And how has it changed to the present day?
 - From whose perspective were changes in the nature of public education advantageous to the larger portion of society?
 - To what extent could changes be described as ‘radical reform’ and to what extent were the changes reactions to a changing social and political climate?

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Memorial Plaque

Memorial Plaque for Alexander Muir, B.A.

c. 1906
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Rugby Team

Harbord Collegiate Institute, Rugby Team

1906
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Alexander Muir

Signed Photo Card of Alexander Muir

1906
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Ogden School

Ogden School

c. 1906
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Review of Public School Battalion on University Campus by H.R.H. Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught, Toronto, April 24, 1906

Public School Cadet Battalion Under Review

1906
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Phoebe (Ogden) Public School

Architectural drawing of front of Phoebe (Ogden) Public School

c. 1907
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Phoebe Street School

Front facade of Phoebe Street School

c. 1907
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Manual Training Display

Manual Training Display at Dominion Exhibition

1907
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Manual Training Exhibit

Manual Training Exhibit at Granite Rink

1907
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Victoria Street School

Victoria Street School

c. 1907
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Residential School Buildings

Residential School Buildings

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Provincial Gallery

A Corner of the Provincial Art Gallery in the Normal School, Toronto

October 1907
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Harbord Collegiate Institute Girls Hockey Team, 1908

Girls Hockey Team

1908
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Spring

Spring, Detail from Mural at Rosedale Public School

1908-1910
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Girls Hockey Team

Harbord Collegiate Institute, Girls Hockey Team

1908
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Mental Hygiene: A Manual for Teachers

Mental Hygiene: A Manual for Teachers

1908
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