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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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Hester How and Students

Hester How outside with students of Hester How Public School

1913
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Signaling Trophy

Canadian Cadet Tournament, Signaling, Toronto

1913
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Bolton Avenue Football Team

Bolton Avenue School, Junior Champions, Commercial League

1913
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Poor Boy

House in the Ward

c. 1913
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"Little Mother's" Class

"Little Mother's" Class, Making up the Crib

1913
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Tooth Brushing Drill

Victoria Park Forest School Tooth Brushing Drill

July 29, 1913
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Hand Washing

Washing Up Before a Meal at Victoria Park Forest School

July 29, 1913
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Hand Washing Drill

Washing Up at the Beach Before a Meal, Victoria Park Forest School

July 29, 1913
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Nose blowing drill

Nose blowing drill at Hester How Vacation School

July 29, 1913
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Exercising

Exercise Drills at Victoria Park Forest School

July 29, 1913
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Bathing a Baby

Children Learn How to Bath a Baby in Health Class

July 30, 1913
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Dressing Baby

Children Learning How to Dress a Baby in Health Class

July 30, 1913
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After Treatment

After treatment by the school dentist

August 1913
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Before Treatment

School children photographed before dental treatment

August 1913
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Natural History Class

Miss Cameron's Natural History Class at Victoria Park Forest School

August 1, 1913
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Exercises

Outdoor Exercise Drill at Victoria Park Forest School

August 1, 1913
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