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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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Oola [Oolo] Boola Club

Oola Boola Club

1934
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The Ediphone of Today

Pictures comparing old styles to current dictaphones

1934
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Underwood Standard Typewriter

The New Underwood Standard Typewriter No.6

1934
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Burroughs Quiet Standard Typewriter

The Burroughs Quiet Standard Typewriter

1934
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Dictaphone

The New Model 12 Dictaphone

1934
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Old Boys Poem

A Friend of the Old Boys Poem from Dufferin School Old Boys Association

1934
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Empire Day in the Schools of Ontario, May 23, 1934

Empire Day in the Schools of Ontario

May 23, 1934
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Entrance Class, Danforth Park Public School

Entrance Class Danforth Park Public School 1934

1934
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Lantern

A.O. Spencer Slide Lantern

c. 1940
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Fruit and Basket

Fruit and Basket

1935
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Students of Domestic Science at Dovercourt

Pyne Public School Students at Dovercourt Public School for Domestic Science Class

1935
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Georgian Bay

Georgian Bay

c. 1935
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Handbook of Practical Cookery

Handbook of Practical Cookery

1935
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Group photo with Irene Gregory at centre

Group photo with Irene Gregory seated at centre

c. 1935
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York Township Public School Board - 1935

York Township Public School Board

1935
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A Public School Class at the Art Gallery

A Public School Class at the Art Gallery

c. 1930
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