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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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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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Boys Lacrosse Team

Parkdale Collegiate Institute, Boys Lacrosse Team

1904
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Bank Book

The Penny Bank of Toronto Bank Book

1904
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Certificate of Appreciation to staff and students at Hamilton Street School

Certificate of Appreciation to staff and students at Hamilton Street School

January, 1904
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Parkdale Football Team 1904

Parkdale Football Team

1904
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Certificate

Certificate of Appreciation for Hamilton Street School after a Fire

1904
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Telegram Building

Telegram Building (1900-1963); Interior, Telegraph Room

c. 1904-05
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School Fire

Hamilton Street School Fire

January 5, 1904
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