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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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Child With Bulbar Polio in Wooden Lung Constructed at The Hospital for Sick Children

Child With Bulbar Polio in Wooden Lung Constructed at The Hospital for Sick Children

1937
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Healthful Surroundings

Programme of Studies for Grades I to VI of the Public and Separate Schools

1937
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Programme of Studies

Programme of Studies for Grades I to VI of the Public and Separate Schools

1937
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Health

Programme of Studies for Grades I to VI of the Public and Separate Schools

1937
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Class at Danforth Park School

Class Outside Danforth Park Public School

c. 1937
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Coronation Programme

Coronation Programme for the Township of East York

May 12, 1937
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Lawren Harris

Portrait photo of Group of Seven artist Lawren Harris

c. 1937-38
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Peter Haworth

Peter Haworth, Art Teacher at Central Technical School

c. 1937 - 1938
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A.J. Casson

Portrait photo of A.J. Casson

c. 1937 - 1938
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Manly MacDonald

Manly MacDonald

c. 1937 - 1938
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Girls of Hester How P.S.

Group photograph of the girls in front of Hester How Public School

1938
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Boys of Hester How P.S.

Group photograph of the boys in front of Hester How Public School

1938
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Deer Park Kindergarten Class

Kindergarten at Deer Park Public School

April 1938
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Empire Day in the Schools of Ontario, May 23, 1938

Empire Day in the Schools of Ontario

May 23, 1938
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Dictaphone

Dictaphone Cameo Model Dictating Machine

c. 1939
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King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (Queen Mum)

King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Consort (Queen Mum)

c. 1939
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