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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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Examination Certificate

Middle School Exam, North Toronto C.I., 1928

July 1928
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Wellesley Street School

Wellesley Street School, Christmas

1928
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Camera

Ansco Royal F7.9 Camera

c. 1929
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Patriotism

Patriotism

1929
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Patriotism (detail)

Detail from Patriotism Mural

1929
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Earl Beatty Harmonica Band

Earl Beatty Harmonica Band

1929
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Dedication to Colonel E.W. Hagarty

Dedication to Colonel E.W. Hagarty

1929
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Aletta E Marty

Inspector of Toronto Public School 1919-29, from 1929 Annual Report of Board of Education

1929
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Chief Inspector's Report

Chief Inspector's Report "A Parent's Code of Ethics" in 1929 Annual Report of Board of Education

1929
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Edith L. Groves

Edith L. Groves, from The Centennial Story book p. 158

c. 1929
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Barcelona Chair

Barcelona Chair

1929
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Bruce Public School Choir

Bruce Public School Choir

1929
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Dovercourt Public School

Dovercourt Public School Class Photo

c. 1929
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Reference Collection of Miscellaneous Farm Crops, Collection IV, 1929

Reference Collection of Miscellaneous Farm Crops, Collection IV, 1929

1929
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Staff photograph, Toronto Normal School

Second Literary Excutive Staff 1929/30, Toronto Normal School

1929
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Manual Training Class

Senior Third Manual Training Class at Palmerston Avenue School

1929
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