As a student of the Area Education Center, I feel AEC was misrepresented in The Brainerd Daily Dispatch's Open Forum letter, "Alternative ed." The framework of AEC and BHS are different, but their curriculum is the same. We all need to take the same amount of credits and we have to take the same general classes. To my knowledge AEC students do not receive less work than BHS students. The classes and teachers at AEC are no more lenient than those at BHS.
AEC students were discredited by stereotyping all of us as lazy. I work very hard in school. A lot of other AEC students do the same. It's unfair to assume we are all shiftless. I know not all BHS students are assiduous in their studies. In both schools some students do not try to succeed and others strive to flourish. I believe AEC and BHS students deserve the same recognition.
I would also like to address the issue concerning student attendance. Classes at AEC are one-on-one, 30 minutes long, and once a week. In addition to the individual lesson conference, AEC students are required to do an "in house" lab activity for each class we are enrolled in and then there's the homework. Classes at BHS have 20 to 30 students, are one hour long, and meet five days a week. At first glance it doesn't seem equitable but in actuality at BHS it computes to approximately 12 minutes per student per teacher.
AEC and BHS are both reputable schools. They both have a wonderful staff. I choose to go to AEC because it works better for me. Mainstream school is not for everyone, that's why there's an alternative.
Brainerd AEC student
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I am writing in response to the AEC Open Forum letter dated April 23, 2003.
I think a person should get all of the facts straight before writing a hostile letter about a subject they obviously know nothing about! The students who attend AEC work just as hard if not harder than students who attend BHS. I know students who are currently attending AEC and I have seen the amount of homework they must complete. They also do this on their own with no one-on-one with teachers as students at BHS. Many are also working full time jobs as well as attending AEC.
There are many reasons why students attend AEC! To state they are lazy is an unfactual bias statement. I was a student at BHS and I know plenty of students who took a lazy, free ride to their diploma. The students at AEC work very hard to get their diploma and have more regulations than average students at BHS. My hat off to you that you are able to attend BHS and are working hard towards your diploma. There are no free rides in this world and you will get nowhere without education. I commend the students at AEC for sticking it out through who knows what circumstances?
You have the right to your opinion; however, I challenge you to go to the AEC and learn more about the program before you spout your mouth off for all to read.
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