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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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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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Fire at School

After the Fire at Hamilton Street Public School

January 5, 1904
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Hamilton Street School Fire

Hamilton Street School on Fire

January 5, 1904
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Flower Day

Flower Day at Lord Dufferin Public School

June 3, 1904
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Class from Withrow Avenue School

Class from Withrow Avenue School

1904
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Phoebe Street School plans

Phoebe Street School Plans, Ground Floor

c. 1905
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Phoebe Street School Plans

Phoebe Street School Plans, Basement Floor

c. 1905
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W.F. School Bag

Canvas School Satchel

1900-1910
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Parkdale Public school, 1905 Boys Basketball Team

Parkdale Public School, Boys Basketball Team

1905
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Members of the Board of Education for the City of Toronto, 1905

Members of the Board of Education for the City of Toronto

1905
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