Sure you have to be smart to graduate with high distinction etc.
However, for the most part, if there's 'x' guy who is super smart and puts in no effort, whereas there's 'y' guy whose studying like 5 hours a day, this 'y' guy WILL do better. It's just common sense.
I actually don't know why being smart is even a part of the question. And this happens *all* the time. When I was in school, there was this indian guy (I'm indian too) who kept trying to imply I wasn't that smart because I worked *so* hard.
I ended up with the A. I'm not even sure he got a B. Whose the real winner amongst the two of us? Something to think about.
Oh and I was smarter lol
Why do people care about 'smart' when University tests effort rather than intelligence?
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The education system is inherently flawed in that it rewards people who simply memorize information instead of nurturing curiosity, exploration, and the ability to exercise your mind and develop skills to address problems. Children are simply taught to remember certain things and then pass tests by providing certain answers, but when you become an adult and have to face a range of challenges and problems, they all require skills like critical thinking, creative thinking, imagination,0
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