As online high schools spread, educators are ramping up efforts to counter the social isolation that some students experience, reports the Wall Street Journal. At the same time, sociologists and child psychologists are examining how online schooling might hinder, or help, the development of social skills. "For online high schools, the biggest obstacle is addressing the social interaction for the students," said Raymond Ravaglia, deputy director of Stanford's Educational Program for Gifted Youth. "At that age, people really crave social interaction." Elizabeth Birr Moje, a professor of education at the University of Michigan who has studied online learning, says "there...

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