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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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Kent School

Kent School

c. 1915
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Harbord, Lord Robert's Imperial Cadets Rifle Teams Winner, 1909

Cadets Rifle Team

1909
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Class 4-B prior to 1910

From "Minerva's Diary, A History of Jarvis C.I.", Class 4-B prior to 1910

Book published 1979
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Alexander Muir's Classroom

Alexander Muir's Classroom at Jesse Ketchum Public School

1909
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Playing jacks at Borden St. Public School

1909 Borden St. School

1909
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Youngsters at Borden St. Playground

Youngsters at Borden St. Playground 1909

1909
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Children on Slide

Kiddies on the Slide

1909
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Orphan's Home

The Orphans' Home and Female Aid Society

1909
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Muir's Schoolhouse

Where the Muirs Taught (Toronto, c. 1840)

1909
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Boustead Avenue School

Boustead Avenue School

c. 1909
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Harbord Collegiate Institute Cadets

Cadets

c. 1910
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Stanford-Binet Intelligence Test

Revised Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scales Test Material

c. 1915
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Desk

Globe School Desk

c. 1915
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Desk

Preston Desk

c. 1910
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Poster

First Aid Poster

c. 1910
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Adding Machine

Burroughs Mechanical Calculating Adding Machine

1910
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