1. Stressed-Out Kids
Simply put, some competition is good, but too much is bad. Too much competition can lead to stressed-out students. The negative impact of stress on children has been well-documented and is huge cause for concern among teachers and parents alike.
2. Loss of Recess and Free Time
Competition among schools and school districts has led some school leaders to find ways to increase instructional time. In many places this has meant less time for children, even very young children, to have time to just play and take a break from the rigors of the academic world. Children, just like adults, need time during the day to unwind and interact socially with their peers. Too much competition in schools has led to a decrease in the time allotted for this, at the expense of our students.
3. Loss of Arts Programs
Along with cutting out time for recess and unstructured play, many systems are opting to do away with arts programs in schools. Although there is sometimes a financial aspect tied to cutting these programs, some are being cut in favor of more academic time. If they are not being cut be the school system, some parents insist their children take academic classes and forego arts programs so that they can keep up in the highly competitive environment many of our schools now have.
Of course, a very valid argument is that school is a place for academics. I am not suggesting otherwise, but many students reap huge benefits from participating in arts programs, such as increased self-esteem and enjoyment of school.