No Fail Policy
Before I started working at the college I had no idea of the existance of Japan's 'no fail policy'. Students who were getting 25% in exams were being boosted to an 85% so it all looked good on paper and so that everyone remained happy. Especially as they had paid. Not realising it wasn't only the college I worked at that did this, I talked to a few more people and was horrified to learn it's a widespread thing throughout Japanese schools and universities.
It doesn't matter how well you do. You cannot be failed. How terrible is this for a lesson in life?
I think this thread from the Japan Forum explains it very well. Actually, it talks about the Japanese education system in general and is well worth a read, including all the comments.
What do you think? Do you think this is an acceptable lesson to teach to kids, teens and young adults? Is it common-place in any other countries?
I find it particularly ironic in a country where success in private English exams like IELTS, BULATS, TOEIC (oh the dreaded, pointless TOEIC), EIKEN and so on are so highly encouraged and sought that academic institutes have such a different point of view on regarding every day studies.