I disagree. You are pointing out certain, not all, areas and schools. I think it's smart to protect their heads from concussions, Also, I was bullied badly in the 1960s and I didn't learn to shrug it off. Instead I got post traumatic stressed and trusted nobody. I also raised four kids, none damaged from school. Two were greatly helped. And I think all kids get criticised. My own opinion is that part of the problem, hardly all. Is that this days parents give them too many goodies and expect nothing in return. They get lazy and entitled. They get new card because " Gos forbid Johnny walk two miles" and we wonder why some are lazy and soft. Of course, this is not all parents. Personally I don't know any schools that took down the flag. But I can't see how a flag makes our kids better people. Most countries do not agree with our flag displays and the it kids are no worse than ours. Not all schools are trying to make all kids equally the same either. I never heard of that. At any rate, if they had done this in my day, I still would have known that Tommy was a high achiever and so wasn't. Kids aren't dumb. Very hard to fool. Every one has his own ideas. Nobody knows for sure. So this is all jump.