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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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Field Trip

Victoria Street School Students on a Field Trip

1890
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Central Technical School - First Building

Central Technical School - First Building

1891
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Physical Culture

Physical Culture: First Book of Exercises in Drill, Calisthenics, and Gymnastics

1891
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Kindergarten Class

Louisa Street School, Kindergarten Class

1891
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Church Street Public School

Church Street School Toronto

1891
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Church Street Public School

Illustration of Church Street Public School

1891
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Church Street School

Lithograph of Church Street School

1891
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Central Technical School Plaque

Historical Plaque Commemorating the History of Central Technical School

1964
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Harbord Collegiate Institute, 1892

Recently opened Harbord Collegiate

1892
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Camera

Camera Obscura

1892
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Augusta Stowe-Gullen

Graduation photograph of Augusta Stowe-Gullen

c. 1883
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Members List of the Toronto Public School Board 1892

Members list of the Toronto Public School Board

1892
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Harbord C.I.

Principal, Staff and Students in front of Harbord Street Collegiate Institute

c. 1892
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Humberside Collegiate Institute

Humberside Collegiate Institute

1892
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Catalogue of Education Display

Catalogue of School Appliances, Education Dep. of Ont. at World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago

1893
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Regulations Relating to Pupils

By-Laws and Regulations of the Toronto Public School Board: Regulations Relating to Pupils

1893
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