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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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Domestic Science Class

Pyne School Students at Dovercourt Public School

c. 1936
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News Paper Cover

The Illustrated London News, Special Double Number, The Death of King George V

January 25, 1936
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Woman Principals

Ida Siegel and woman principals

May 7th, 1936
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Empire Day in the Schools of Ontario, May 22, 1936

Empire Day in the Schools of Ontario

May 22, 1936
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Female and Male Assistant Principals

Ida Siegel on female and male assistant principals

May 22nd, 1936
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Discrimination in Schools

Student writes to Trustee Ida Siegel about discrimination in Toronto schools

November 5th, 1936
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Discrimination in Schools

Student writes to Trustee Ida Siegel about discrimination in Toronto schools

November 5th, 1936
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Discrimination in Schools

Student writes to Trustee Ida Siegel about discrimination in Toronto schools

November 5th, 1936
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Discrimination in Schools

Student writes to Trustee Ida Siegel about discrimination in Toronto schools

November 5th, 1936
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Illustrated London News Cover

The Illustrated London News, Accession Number And The Abdication of King Edward VIII

December 19, 1936
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Harbord Collegiate Institute "Pirates of Penzance", 1937

"Pirates of Penzance", 1937

1937
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Oral History Project, Bonnie Coulman

Bonnie Coulman Talking about the Polio Epidemic

Recorded in 1993
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Children with Polio At Work in Hospital Bed

Children with polio keeping busy in hospital bed, 1937

1937
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Nurse and Doctor Visiting Child in Iron Lung

Nurse and Doctor Visiting Child in Iron Lung

1937
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Iron Lung

Iron lung outside hospital, 1937

1937
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Nurse With Child in Iron Lung

Nurse With Child in Iron Lung

1937
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