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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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Royal Visit (George VI and Queen Elizabeth) at Riverdale Park

King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Visiting Riverdale Park

1939
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Royal Visit Pamphlet

Royal Visit to Canada and Empire Day in the Schools of Ontario

May, 1939
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Typewriter

Remington Noiseless Typewriter

c. 1940
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Model

Scale Model of Inglis Boiler used in Schools

c. 1946
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Painting

March Day (a.k.a. Winter's End)

c. 1940
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Typewriter

Underwood Typewriter

c. 1940
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Scrap Drive

Queen Alexandra Public School, Scrap Drive, War Efforts

1940
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Boulton Avenue School for Girls

Boulton Avenue School for Girls Sewing Class

early 1940's
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Boulton Avenue School for Girls, Toronto, Music Class

Boulton Avenue School for Girls, Toronto, Music Class

c. 1930
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Oral History Project, Torry Henderson

Torry Henderson talking about what it was like being in Kindergarten in 1940

Recorded in 1993
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Oral History Project, Arthur Bussey

Arthur Bussey Talking About Marching In and Out of School

Recorded in 1993
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Junior Workbook - Poems

Toronto Public School Junior Workbook - Poems

1940
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Junior Workbook - Poems

Toronto Public School Junior Workbook - Poems

1940
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Carlton School Class Photo

Carlton School Class Photo

c. 1940
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Edith L. Groves School - Dancing

Dancing at Edith L. Groves

c. 1940
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Boulton Avenue School for Girls

Boulton Avenue School for Girls, Making a bed

c. 1940
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