What are Victorian Values and Why are they Important?

Have you ever heard of “Victorian Values”?   And do you know what they are?  In Socials class we learned what Victorian Values are and why they are important.  To start off, I’ll explain to you.

Victorian Values were influenced from Queen Victoria (1837 – 1901), during the Victorian Era, and reined in the British Empire.    The Christian Church, morals, hard work and personal success were much prioritized.  Victorian Values also include duty, seriousness, modesty and proper behaviour.  Victorians also cared greatly about social class and status and believed British people were above everyone else.  Adding to that, women were pressed to stay at home.

Here is a short and simple video made by students trying to show an example of how Victorian Values affected people’s lives: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SSqlt_oF68M

I am a person of deep morals and values.  Some of mine are similar to Victorian Values, such as hard work and personal success.  I also agree seriousness and modesty should always be kept in a person’s conscience, thought not necessary to stress all of the time.  My greatest priority is Christianity and I believe morals are essential for this world.  I don’t exactly understand what duty is and proper behaviour can be defined very differently by many people, but I think they aren’t important.

It may seem like I am similar to a Victorian, but there are significant differences between my values and Victorian Values.  First of all, I strongly disagree in the class system and absolutely despise it.  I cannot stand the ignorance of people who believe they are more valuable and precious than their fellow human beings, like the Victorians.  I deeply believe every human being was created in equal love and value by God, which is supposed to be a strong moral for Christians.  I also try my hardest to not be proud, as the Victorians were, but instead have humility and live to serve others.  I hope you can now see the difference between a Victorian and me.

In the British Empire, Victorian Values were definitely prioritized and had enormous influence on the people’s lives.  But it did not disappear with the Victorian Era.  I think Victorian Values are still alive.  For example, even in Canada where we stress “equality” there is still a class system, although it is not as strong.  In many parts of the world, family background is thought of as very important.  There are also laws and regulations that put limits and definitions on proper behaviour and duty; for example it is a Canadian citizen’s duty to vote.  In schools as well, teachers ask their students what success means to them and how they wish to obtain it.   Victorians also put much effort into decorating their churches, which we can still see.  I imagine there are many more examples of the Victorian influence which still remain in today’s society.

Just in case you are not sure of what a class system exactly is and looks like, here is a simple presentation that may help you: http://www.slideshare.net/sstuckey/victorian-era-social-structure

Resources:  http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/magazine/6175437.stm



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How far have women really achieved to true “equality” with men?

Sexism is a very large and sensitive topic.  It is also crucial to be discussed for it is a huge prejudice that has poisoned this world and society for a very long time.  I believe people, men AND women, are completely equal in value and should be treated with equal respect.  However, that was not the case in the 19th Century and even in this 21st Century, is not the case in many parts of the world.

Before 200 years, women had almost no rights.  Even Canada was not as free or fair for women like it is now.  In the 1800’s, women could not be independent because they had to rely on the men in their family for wealth and status.  Today in 2012 women can support themselves and be independent, for now their property and reputation depend on their own efforts, not their husband’s or fathers’.  Women have fought for this privilege and responsibility as well as many other rights, including the rights to vote and divorce.  Not only rights, but dignity and self-esteem were gained for women as the ideas and laws of the countries they were living in developed.

This is an official opinion on equality between women and men by the Canadian International Development Agency: http://www.acdi-cida.gc.ca/acdi-cida/ACDI-CIDA.nsf/En/JUD-31192610-JXF

But this is still not the situation in many parts of the world.  Unbelievable as it is, even in this 21st Century there are numerous countries where women are legally treated as inferior to men.  Sadly many men, and maybe even women, stubbornly believe that women were created to serve men and are not as valuable.  In the worst situations, women are treated like how they used to be treated in the 19th Century in North America; forced to live with basically no guaranteed rights.

Although Canada and other 1st world countries have developed a lot in terms of equality in gender, there are still biases in favour of men.  For example, in a situation where a man and a woman of equal ability and level do the exact same job, the man receives a higher wage.  Another is the concept of a “dowry”, when the bride’s family must give gifts and money to the groom’s family in a marriage, still exists even in some 1st world countries.  It is not exactly a bias, but disrespect towards the woman.  Most countries in Asia continue on the tradition of dowries because it is a tradition.  However a dowry can frankly be explained as measuring the value of the bride in forms of money and gifts.  The people may not realize the negative meaning it carries and not take it as seriously, but it is an example of the deep-seated biases humans have had since centuries ago.

Resources: http://atschool.eduweb.co.uk/barrycomp/bhs/gcse_resources_pdf/changing%20lives%20of%20women.PDF




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Politics: Hard topic. The Past: Fun Topic. North America: Canadian Topic. The Political Past of North America: This Topic.

So in Socials class, we have finally moved on to another, new unit!  Hurrah!  We’re studying about the past of North America; how it started off, developed, what was different then, compared to now, etc.  This is my first post for this unit, and the topic I chose is comparing North Amercia to the 1800s and now.

To make it simple, I will take one major point of to focus on: the political view.  So how was North America politically different in the 19th Century?  First of all, if we’re talking about BEFORE the War of 1812, then most of North America, including what is now the U.S., was controlled by the British.  But AFTER the War of 1812, there were some significant changes made.  United States became its own country and created their own democratic government, which was a huge deal.

North America, one could tell, was much different just by looking at the map from that time.  First of all Alaska was Russian territory, and the Spanish had land in the States; mostly where California is today.  There were almost no provinces in Canada; only the North-Western Territory, Newfoundland, P.E.I., Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Rupert’s Land, and Upper and Lower Canada.  Also the labelled “area of settlement” was only on the east side of the continent, which was incorrect.  To put it simple North America’s land was really divided during the 1800’s.

You can visually see the segregated land if you click here: http://etc.usf.edu/maps/pages/2300/2381/2381.htm

Canada at that time was divided into Upper Canada and Lower Canada, and was still under British control.  The settlers there were mostly colonists or other skilled workers from other European countries.  Although it was supposedly claimed to have a completely new and free life with much potential, many people were disappointed to find that there was still a kind of class system like the ones in Europe.  Because of the American Revolution, Britain tightened its ties with its colonies in North America, also with the similar laws.

In Upper Canada, where mostly British people lived, there was a “Family Compact”, compared to the “Upper Class” in Britain, had most of the good land, wealth and power that came with it.  In Lower Canada, there was a Château Clique, which could remind you of the aristocrats France used to have.  Those wealthy people made it very difficult for other colonists who had no good land left to buy and work on.  It was unfair for others, similar to the old society in Britain.  At that time there were also not as many guaranteed rights and freedom for the average civilian.  It contrasts to Canada today, where it is known to be a “free country”.

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Global warming is REAL…and it’s happening.

Global warming is real and its happening.


So first of all, what is global warming?  Global warming is the increase of the Earth’s climate; aka climate change.  The temperature is increasing and it is starting to,  or already is, seriously affecting the whole environment of the earth.  Why is this happening one would ask.  The largest cause is the “greenhouse effect”.  It is when greenhouse gases trap the heat from the sun in the atmosphere and can only leave slowly, therefore increasing the temperature of the globe inside of it.

Canada is already being touched by the climate change.  If in 2012, Canada is beginning to change…how different would it be later?  Let me make a prediction.

In 2050 Canada might…

  • Have a much warmer climate
  • Have lost even more forests because the hotter it is, the more defencless forests become to dangers such as pine beetles and forest fires
  • Not have as much snow and ice in the north
  • Have a much larger population for it will be one of the cooler countries
  • Have more people moving to the north
  • Have gained profitable industries with hunting and fishing up north

In 2100 Canada might…

  • Be one of the most populated countries in the world
  • Have lost people in the Interior Plains due to the frequent natural disasters
  • Have become smaller landwise due to the risin water levels of the ocean surround them; then people cannot live on the edges anymore
  • Have lost people in the south due to the increasing heat
  • Have most of the population living in the Northern Territories
  • Be running out of fresh water
  • Not be the only country to have lost and continues to lose many people due to sicknesses caused by heat changes
  • Have lost many of its plants and crops
  • Have lost most of its trees — lost its main export
  • Have lost its industry in agriculture
  • Have lost many of the northern animals who lived in the cold climate

  • Have even lost its hunting/fishing industry due to animals going extinct
  • Be going through an economic depression

Wow.  Canada will have gone through a lot…well that is if global warming and climate change only continues to get worse.  Since there are many possibilities with the effects from global warming, I’ll sum it up into the major changes I believe may happen.

The 3 largest effects climate change will have on the environment:

  1. Most of the biodiversity will be lost by 2100, therefore most of the natural resources will be scarce (fresh water, trees, clean air, fossil fuels, etc.).
  2. The Canadian Arctic and tundra and sea ice will have shrunk which affects all the wildlife living on the tundra and the algae under the sea ice which is the foundation of the ocean food chain.
  3. There will be so many more natural disasters (floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, avalanches, droughts, etc.).

The 3 largest effects climate change will have on the lifestyles of people:

  1. Canada will be one of the most desired and populated countries, with most of the population living up north
  2. Many more people will be either killed, infected or endangered with the infection of the numerous diseases caused by climate change.  Not only due to the heat waves, but insects carrying diseases migrate to Canada as the climate becomes warmer.
  3. Many people will be in poverty; also starving and thirsty for fresh water.

Resources: http://dsc.discovery.com/tv-shows/curiosity/topics/worst-effects-global-warming.htm



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