Being a Class Topper can Ruin Your Kid's Life - Help Them Be Their Best

Modern school life is increasingly focused on tests and grades, at the expense of developing real competency and maximizing children's potential. What's worse, every child is pressured by well-meaning parents to become a class topper. Unfortunately, they don't realize being a class topper would likely do more harm than good.

Numerous studies have consistently shown the extensive harmful effects on children's health and well-being, as teachers and parents constantly push them to get better grades...

1. Too Much Learning Material Creates Symptoms of Brain Disorders

In order to pass the ever-increasing number of tests, students are forced to absorb more and more educational content. This can lead to symptoms of brain disorders.

Stephen Camarata, a professor at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, clearly elaborates in his book how excessive learning material forced onto young minds causes symptoms of ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). Such symptoms appear even if the child might not have the disorder. This particularly affects boys more than girls.

When the focus moves from grades to the students' individual capacities, children would only receive the workload they can handle. They would develop skills and competencies without incurring the adverse effects of excessive learning.

2. Coercive Learning Systems Have Multiplied Cases of Depression and Anxiety in Kids

As much as parents think they are helping prepare their kids for future lucrative careers and good lives, coercing them to deliver better grades would greatly increase their risk of suffering depression.

A 2009 study on childhood depression revealed that greater incidences of student depression occur in academically competitive schools. Considering all the physical and mental ailments related to anxiety and