Returning to the colossal failure of public schooling in California in spite of the massive amount of tax money flowing into the school systems, I was always angered at the importance attached to the kids' feeling good about themselves. Particularly when they had no reason to feel good given their school efforts and accomplishments. I wanted my kids to feel good about themselves because of their success at schoolwork.
My kids did feel good about themselves but they developed contempt for the schools and had no interest in getting good grades.
Now, in the LAT of all places, we find that the self-esteem program was a failure. Catch the link here.