You people need to consider that any game with Xbox live will have online interactions. Just don't get your child Xbox live. Plain and simple. This is very educational. If you actually want to be a real racer, this will teach you. Any other game like GT, NFS, or PGR (grand turismo, need for speed, project gotham racing) just teaches you to be reckless. This game will teach you the fundamentals of racing such as hitting the apex of a turn, the consequences of bumping opponents, the importance of tuning and performance upgrades, etc.
I strongly disagree with common sense's educational value rating.