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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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Painting

Rossport, Lake Superior

1921
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The Memorial Tablet

From Minerva's Diary, A History of Jarvis C.I., Memorial Tablet with names of students killed in WWI

Book published 1979
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Staff & Pupils at Normal Model School Toronto, 1921

Staff & Pupils of the Normal Model School in Toronto

1921
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Earl Kitchener School

Class Photo at Earl Kitchener School

1921
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Earlscourt Public School

Earlscourt Public School, c. 1921

1921
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Baseball Team

Winchester Street School Senior Baseball Team, Champions, Intermediate League

1921
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Alone in the Woods

Alone in the Woods, from In Nature’s Temple Shrines, Toronto: Thomas Allen, 1921

recorded in 2012
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Unveiling the Memorial Tablet

From "Minerva's Diary, A History of Jarvis C.I.", Memorial Tablet unveiled in girls' school yard

Book published in 1979
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Caretaker's Picnic

7th Annual Toronto Board of Education Caretaker's Picnic

July 4, 1921
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Girls Baseball Medal

TPSAA Girls Sr. Baseball Medal, 1922

1922
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Kindergarten Class

Rosedale Public School, Kindergarten Class

1922
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Cadets

Cadets in Front of Bloor Collegiate Institute

c. 1922
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Baseball Team

Davenport High School Midgets Baseball Team

1922
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Baseball Team, Winchester Street School

Winchester Street School Bantam Baseball Team, City Champions

1922
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Hockey Team

Winchester Street School Bantam Hockey Team, City Champions

1922
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The ROM

Royal Ontario Museum South Elevation

1922
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