I'm from the cold war era. We were taught to respect the flag. Never let it touch the ground. During fire drills, when we marched single file outside, I was the last guy in line and I took the little cloth flag outside with us because I was always the tallest in class and I could reach it. Imagine. leaving hundreds/thousands of dollars worth of books, audio visual equipment, furnature, behind to burn in a fire but NEVER leave the 1.98 cent flag behind.
Yeah, that was our generation for sure. I don't suppose we turned out too bad. We respected our teachers. The occassional rift was settled behind the gym with fisticuffs. Most of us matured to become good citizens and responsible adults. Go figure.
But I don't think a small child has a clue what they are doing when they ritualistically site the pledge. I can't see any other purpose in having them do so except for indoctrination.
Same way I can't understand how some christian based religions can baptise their infants. The Holy Bible is very clear on this. That's like wearing a wedding ring before you get married, but I digress. That's harmless too, I suppose.