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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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Guide to Nature Study

Guide to Nature Study

1902
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Class of Girls at Parkdale Public School 1902

Grade VIII, Senior IV; Class of Girls at Parkdale Public School

1902
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Early photo of James L. Hughes

James L. Hughes Standing Outside Parkdale Public School

1902
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Scholarship Class

Scholarship Class, Harbord Collegiate Institute

1902
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Toronto Public School Annual Games

Toronto Public School Annual Games at Exhibition Park

June 21, 1902
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Memorial Medal Tablet

Lord Dufferin Memorial Medal Winners Tablet - First Part

1903-1912
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Toronto Technical School Board

Toronto Technical School Board

1903
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Zoology, Descriptive and Practical Collection

Zoology, Descriptive and Practical Collection

1903
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Literary Society

Officers and Committee of the Parkdale Collegiate Institute Literary Society, 1902 - 1903

1903
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Cadet Corps of 1904

From "Minerva's Diary, A History of Jarvis C.I.", Cadet Corps of 1904

Book published 1979
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Ladies Tea After Cadet Inspection

From "Minerva's Diary, A History of Jarvis C.I.", Tea for invited Ladies after the Cadet Inspection

Book published 1979
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Dewson Street Public School

Dewson Street Public School

1904
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Dovercourt Public School

Dovercourt Public School, Senior Fourth Class

1904
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Boys' Basketball Team

Boys' Basketball Team, Wellesley Public School

1904
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Students from Lord Dufferin Public School

Students from Lord Dufferin Public School

1904
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Empire Day

Empire Day at Lord Dufferin Public School

1904
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