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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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Ryerson School

Ryerson School Annex

c. 1924
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Mother's Helper's Class

Mother's Helper's Class at Boulton Avenue School for Girls

c. 1924
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Lower School Exam Results, Riverdale Collegiate Institute, 1924

Lower School Exam Results, Riverdale Collegiate Institute, 1924

July, 1924
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Toronto Junior Health League Certificate

Toronto Junior Health League Certificate

December, 1924
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William Houston

William Houston Laying the Cornerstone of William Houston School, December 22, 1924

1924
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Portrait of Janie Thomas

Portrait of Janie Thomas

1925
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Earls Court Public School - Students Playing Harmonicas

Earls Court Public School - Students Playing Harmonicas

c. 1925
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The Bill to Establish Township Boards of Trustees

The Bill to Establish Township Boards of Trustees for Rural Schools

1925
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Central Commerce Drama Club

Central Commerce Drama Club performance

c. 1930
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Central Commerce Drama Club

Central Commerce Drama Club performing on stage

c. 1930
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Central Technical School Theatre Group on Stage

Central Technical School Theatre Group on Stage

c. 1930
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Duke of Connaught Pageant Students at Danforth Technical School

Duke of Connaught Pageant Students at Danforth Technical School

c. 1925
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Frankland Public School Baseball Champions

Frankland Public School Baseball Champions

1925
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Track and Field Champions

Queen Victoria Public School Track and Field Champions

1925
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Greek School

Parkview Secondary School, Greek School

1925-1926
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Eastern Commerce

Eastern High School of Commerce

c. 1925
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