College Trustee Steven Ngo want's to change the college remedial class "consequence" from 2.5 years to 1.5 years. I hadn't heard it described that way before, "consequence". Anyway the heart of the matter is about whether students should be given more or less time to learn, or remediate, their Math and English skills to a college level. The Bay Citizen - At City College, a Battle Over Remedial Classes for English and Math - NYTimes.com 2.5 years of remedial anything means one of two things: 1.Your H.S. failed you. 2.You're not cut out for college. Both of my sons went from Americans schools straight to Japanese schools and did just fine. The got the Japanese language emmersion and, this is the key, were not allowed to be tested in English, only Japanese. Kids are smarter and more capable than we give them credit for. They can handle the stress and work load just fine. Let's stop babying them.