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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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Central Technical School - Shoemakers

Central Technical School - Shoemakers

c. 1930
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Chorus Girls

Central Technical School - Chorus Girls

c. 1930
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Women's Swim Team

Central Technical School - Women's Swim Team

c. 1930
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Auditorium, Central Technical School

Central Technical School - Front Stage of Auditorium

c. 1930
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Laundry

Girls doing laundry

c. 1930
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Typing

Girls in typing class

c. 1930
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Ironing

Girls ironing

c. 1930
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Baseball Team, Danforth Park School

Danforth Park School Baseball Team

c. 1930
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Kindergarten, Balmy Beach

Kindergarten Class at Balmy Beach School

c.1930
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Blythwood Site

Back Buildings on Blythwood Site

c. 1930
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Girls on Telephones

Two Girls Talking on Telephones

c. 1930
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Earl Haig

Earl Haig Public School With New Addition

c. 1935
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Empire Days In the Schools of Ontario, May 23, 1930

Empire Day in the Schools of Ontario

May 23, 1930
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School Kitchen Staff

School Kitchen Staff

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Portrait of Adda Burger

Portrait of Miss Adda Burger

1931
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Winter in Minden

Winter in Minden

1931
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