Grade Level: 3-4
Student: Aliana Parnell
Teacher: Laurel Cornelson
Chapter: Moreno Valley EA
César E. Chávez has been a major contributor to our society by bridging the gaps to social barriers among people. According to a great leader who influenced many of César Chávez’s beliefs, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. defined non-violence as not seeking to defeat or humiliate the opponent but to win his friendship and understanding. He was able to accomplish his goals through the philosophy that he inherited from the leaders like Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I believe that there are better ways to deal with a situation, rather than act in violence.
Acting in violence never really fixes the situation, it only causes hurt and more problems. As I continue to grow and learn new things, one thing that I will always consider is talking a problem out. My dad tells me to be a leader, not to follow what others do but to set my own path towards achievement. Of course there will be obstacles, and people making fun or causing conflict, but it is my belief, like Chávez, that the solution to the problem should never be violence but understanding.
Many of the problems I deal with as a fourth grader are due to lack of understanding. From losing friendships, to getting in arguments, or making each other feel bad, I choose not to practice the violent approach and solve my problems through talking. I may have to wait until the other person calms down before getting my point across but I never violently deal with an issue. Chávez practiced this philosophy of non-violence. The influence of Chávez made me realize that great leaders are those who set good examples. We all should adopt César Chávez’s philosophies in taking action with a non-violent approach.