A teacher friend and I were talking about on-line education. We started discussing social skills and students who choose on-line to avoid the social issues in school. My friend believes that without kids being in school they won't learn the social skills needed to survive as an adult. My stance is that these marginalized kids are not learning social skills in public schools which keeps them in an abusive situation. Many schools don't address teaching social skills to students in a way that helps students. Many of the procedures used punish those without skills as their way of dealing with students who need continued instruction and help. I hope we can keep this discussion to the social skills pros and cons rather than the academic pros and cons even though both are part of a well-rounded education.