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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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Teachers - Their Religious Faith, Salaries, Certificates etc. - Character of School

Table D - Teachers - Their Religious Faith, Salaries, Certificates etc.- Character of School

1849
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Kind, Sizes and Condition of School-Houses

Table E - Kind, Sizes and Condition of School-Houses

1849
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General Statistical Abstract

General Statistical Abstract on the State and Progress of Education in Upper Canada 1842-1849

1849
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Form of Certificate for Leaving School

Blank Form 17 of Certificate for Students Leaving the Normal School

1849
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Kind, Sizes and Condition of School-Houses

Table E- Kind, Sizes and Condition of School-Houses

1849
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Religious Faith of the Students Attending the Normal School

Abstract Number 3. Religious Faith of the Students Attending the Normal School

1849
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General Statistical Abstract

General Statistical Abstract on the State and Progress of Education in Upper Canada 1842-1849

1849
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Examination Schedule

Programme for Semi Annual School Examinations

1849
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Exam Questions and Results

List of Exam Questions for April 12th Governor General's prizes in Agriculture

1849
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Certificate for Leaving School

Blank Form 16 of Certificate for Students Leaving the Normal School

1849
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School Populations-Pupils, and Time of Attendance at School

Table B-School Populations-Pupils, and Time of Attendance at School in 1849

1849
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Text Books Used in the Schools-Modes of Instruction

Table C-Text Books Used in the Schools-Modes of Instruction in 1849

1849
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Teachers-Their Religious Faith, Salaries, Certificates etc. - Character of School

Table D-Teachers-Their Religious Faith, Salaries, Certificates etc.-Character of School

1849
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Educational Acts

Educational Acts Passed July 24, 1850, from Documentary History of Education in Upper Canada

1902
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Educational Acts

Educational Acts Passed July 24, 1850, from Documentary History of Education in Upper Canada

1902
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Educational Acts

Educational Acts Passed July 24, 1850, from Documentary History of Education in Upper Canada

1902
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