We were just discussing this "socialization" thing after art class with the HS group last week.
Kids aren't even allowed to socialize in schools anymore! They get in trouble if they talk during class. In some cases, they get in trouble if they talk during lunch! So that leaves them with 15 minutes of recess to socialize?
Then we glanced over at our kids who'd been running around together for the past hour and a half, and we all agreed that the people who use the "you have to send your kids to school for the socialization" are clueless.
I never went to my prom, as I couldn't find a date, I didn't have a car, and couldn't afford to rent a limo. If my school had sold prom tickets individually, i would have gone with a group of girlfriends and carpooled there, but they only sold them as "couples' tickets" which discouraged any "singles" from going, so I just skipped it. I didn't go to any kind of "anti-prom" event either.