Technology now allows for constant connectivity to which anyone with a smart phone can attest, and the argument is that because of the connective possibility, distance learning is also possible. This debate has intensified recently because in Chicago, school has been canceled at record rates due to snow and dangerously low temperatures. Students are now having large time gaps between lessons which may harm the educational process. Some are suggesting teachers upload virtual lessons for students to access at home so they can continue their studies during their otherwise relaxing days off.
This philosophy operates under the assumption that learning can only happen during formal instruction guided by an educational professional. This philosophy may be short sighted. There is value in rest, there is value in leisure activities and play, there is value in learning through experience, there are lessons which simply cannot be taught in a classroom setting... whether that setting be the physical classroom or the virtual one.
Or perhaps I'm way off base here...