I ran into a couple of former students the other day who are in their first year at a local 4-yr college. Both were solid students when they were at my school. I asked them how the transition had been and they said, to my amazement, that college was easier than high school! Now this made no sense to me at all, especially given that from all that I can tell, my school lacks much rigor and very little homework is assigned. Of course I pushed the topic further. "What do you mean?", I asked. "Isn't it crowded?", I ventured. I know this particular college has relatively low entrance requirements and so I assume they're herding students in like cattle. One of them said his classes are smaller than at our school and that in his biggest, which has 40 students, half don't show up, giving him a lot of individualized time with his teacher. The other kid said he only has 17 kids in his English class! So what's the catch? They said that sure, you need to be organized and on top of your game, but if so, the work isn't really hard. The conventional wisdom I've been going on for a while now is based on a story my wife told me about when she started in a community college. She said it was much harder than hs, and that one of the professors had told the class that if they were making A's in hs, that same effort would earn them B's in jc. Help me out here. Has anyone out there got a clear idea of the relationship between hs and college these days? Maybe even taught or teach both? Looking forward to your replies!