Charles, we are no longer an agrarian economy. Damn few have to get up to milk the cows. The internet runs 24/7 and the economy runs with the internet. The roads can no longer accommodate a rush hour such as you conceive necessary.
The rest of your arguments are valid. Math and science scores are slipping. Facebook is not a training ground for commercial computer expertise. Remote interactions do not train people for face to face interpersonal skills.