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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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Rosedale School

Rosedale School

c. 1910
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Working Boys' Home

Dining room at the Working Boys' Home

1895
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Lacrosse Team

The Givens Lacrosse Team, Toronto Public School League Champions

1896
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Scholarship Winners

Harbord Collegiate Institute - University Scholarship Winners 1897

1897
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Ontario Normal School

Lithograph of Ontario Normal School

1897
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Invitation to Annual Athletic Sports

Invitation to Annual Athletic Sports

September 30, 1898
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Cadets Trip to Tampa Florida

Cadets Trip to Tampa Florida

1899
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Jarvis Collegiate

Jarvis Street Collegiate Institute

c. 1899
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Girls Class from Lord Dufferin Public School

Lord Dufferin Public School

1899
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Inter-Collegiate Games Champions

Jarvis Collegiate Institute, Inter-Collegiate Games Champions

1899
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James L. Hughes

Portrait of James L. Hughes

1899
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1899 Five Cent Coin

1899 Five Cent Coin

1899
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Bolton Avenue School

Bolton Avenue School

c. 1915
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Givens School Wanless Cup

Givens Street School, Winners Wanless Trophy, Public School Games Toronto

1899
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Kew Beach School

Kew Beach School

c. 1910
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Kew Beach School

Kew Beach School

c. 1910
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