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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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Cadets with Trophies

Cadets from Bloor Collegiate Institute

c. 1925
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School Band

School Band

c. 1925
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Bloor Collegiate

Bloor Collegiate

c. 1925
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Franklin School Hockey Team

Franklin School Bantam Hockey Champions

1925
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Students from Clinton Street School

Junior First Class on Stairs Outside Clinton Street School

c. 1925
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Nurses with Birthday Cake

Nurses Holding Birthday Cake by Cot with Child

c. 1925
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Kindergarten Class from Clinton Street School

Kindergarten Class on Stairs Outside Clinton Street School

c. 1925
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Alexander Muir School

Alexander Muir School

c. 1935
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Huron Street School

Huron Street School Annex

c. 1925
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Brown School

Brown School

c. 1925
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Wilkinson Public School

Wilkinson Public School after Northern Wing Added

c. 1925
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Class at Queen Victoria Public School

Queen Victoria Public School, Mr. Holbert's Class, Senior 4th

January 30, 1925
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High School Entrance Certificate

Certificate for Admission to a High School, Collegiate Institute or Continuation School

June 30, 1925
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Newsboys at Street Stand

Motor coach, advertising sign, King and Yonge Streets, (Executive Department)

September 26, 1925
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Old Administration Building

Photograph of the Board of Education Board Room in the Old Administration Building

December 22, 1921
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Memorial Medal Tablet Part 2

Lord Dufferin Memorial Medal Winners Tablet - Second Part

1913-1926
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