Since 1999, the amount of federal grants given to undergraduates enrolled in at least one remedial course rose 380%. There are approximately 2.7 million college students who currently take remedial level courses and receive federal grant money as a part of their financial aid. So the U.S. is spending money helping students get up to speed before taking college-level english and math classes, right? Maybe. It may be that those remedial level classes are doing more harm than good. About 40% of students entering community colleges enroll in at least one remedial course, according to the Education Department; only about 1 in 4 of these students will earn a degree or certificate. So are remedial courses delaying or even preventing graduation? It's possible that by dumbing down the system, we're failing students in a different way. Read on and get the WSJ's take on why remedial courses may not be effective.