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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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Gledhill School, Manual Training Projects

Gledhill School, Manual Training Projects Made by Miss Armstrong's Class

c. 1910
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Gledhill School, Manual Training Projects

Gledhill School, Manual Training Projects, Miss Violet Armstrong's Class

c. 1910
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Oral History Project, Vera Wilkinson

Vera Wilkinson talks about going to Massey Hall as a student

Recorded in 1993
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Queen Alexandra Public School

Queen Alexandra Public School, John Wallis Principal

c. 1910
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James Simpson

A Young James Simpson, from The Centennial Story book p. 121

c. 1910
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Kindergarten Class

Kindergarten Class at Withrow Avenue School

1910
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Sports Team

Female Sports Team, Lord Dufferin Public School

c. 1910-1914
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Cadet Corps

Cadet Corps at Lord Dufferin Public School

1910
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Cadet Corps

Alexander Muir Public School Cadet Corps

c. 1910
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Jarvis Cadet Corps

Jarvis Collegiate Institution, Cadet Corps

1910
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Children Knitting

Children Knitting at Ogden Public School

c. 1910
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Rifle League Trophy

Canadian Rifle League Trophy

1910
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Rifle League Trophy

Canadian Rifle League Trophy

1910
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8 Year Award

8 Year Award for Good Conduct

c. 1910
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Park Public School

Gas Lighting at Park Public School

1910
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Industrial Arts

Industrial Arts Classroom

1910
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