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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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Park School Class, March 1910

Park School Class

March, 1910
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Phoebe Street School Plans

Phoebe Street School Plans, Bullswer St. Elevation

1911
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Harbord Collegiate Institute

Harbord Collegiate Institute Postcard

1911
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Three Scholarship Winners from Harbord C.I.

Winners of Scholarships, University of Toronto 1911, from Harbord C.I., all fought in WWI

1911
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Domestic Science Class

Domestic Science Class at Church Street School

1911
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Photograph of George Paxton Young

Photograph of George Paxton Young from his book, The Ethics of Freedom

1911
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Bedford Park School

Original Building, Bedford Park School

c. 1911
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Inauguration of Hydro

City Hall Decorations for the Inauguration of Toronto Hydro

May 2, 1911
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Duke of Connaught Turning the Sod

Duke of Connaught Turning the Sod for New School

November 30, 1911
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Officers of the Harbord Cadets, 1912

Harbord C.I. Cadet Officers - Lieut. F.R. Allen, Capt. D.G. Hagarty, and Lieut. G.A. Webb

1912
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Seed Sample Collection

Reference Collection of Economic and Weed Seeds

c. 1912
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Forest School Class

Outdoor Classroom at High Park Forest School

c.1913
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Street Urchins

Street Urchins

1912
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Duke of Connaught Public School

Duke of Connaught Public School

c. 1930
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Parkdale Collegiate Institute

Parkdale Collegiate Institute, Female Students

1912-1913
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Scholarship Winners

1912 University Scholarship winners

1912
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