1919 Canadian National Committee for Mental Hygiene

  • Ontario School Ability Examination, Practice Set Material

    Segregation of Students

    In 1919, the Toronto Board of Education hired Dr. Eric Kent Clarke as the city’s first school psychologist. Clarke was a prominent member of the Canadian National Committee for Mental Hygiene; a group that wanted to control the spread of ‘feeblemindedness’ by identifying and segregating ‘feebleminded’ individuals. Clarke and his colleagues with the Canadian National Committee for Mental Hygiene surveyed the intelligence of approximately 1,500 Toronto school children between 1919 and 1921.

    Ontario Ministry of Education

    Wood, cardboard

    2012.X.664

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    Boxed set of wood blocks with dots, coloured blocks, wood puzzle and blue hard cover book