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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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Page 8 from Training for Girls, Boulton Avenue School and Edith L. Groves School

1945
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Girls Studying

Page 9 from Training for Girls, Boulton Avenue School and Edith L. Groves School

1945
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Oral History Project, Barbara Camm

Barbara Camm Talking about War Time Assemblies

Recorded in 1993
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Oral History Project, Bonnie Coulman

Bonnie Coulman Talking About Honour Certificates

Recorded in 1993
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The Township School Area in Ontario 1945

The Township School Area in Ontario

1945
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East York Schools "Win The War Fund"

East York Schools "Win The War Fund" certificate for raising money for war efforts

1942 - 1945
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Anti-Communist Election Blotter

Electioneering Blotter for Toronto Board of Education Trustee Election

c. 1950
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Williamson Road Public School

The Boiler Room at Williamson Road School

1945
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Student Punishment

Record of Corporal Punishment

Ending in 1955
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Roy S. Foley and son

Roy S. Foley and Son Derwyn

c. 1945
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Page from Corporal Punishment Book

Corporal Punishment Book, detail of a page

1945
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Letter Home from Belgium, Jan. 5, 1945

Letter Home from Belgium, Jan. 5, 1945

January 5, 1945
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Programme for Empire Day in the Schools of Ontario May 23, 1945

Programme for Empire Day in the Schools of Ontario

May 23, 1945
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Victory Programme

Victory, A Programme for the Schools of Ontario

1945
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