“We’re asking the internet of Netflix and TikTok, Verizon and Comcast, Amazon and Apple to help us develop the minds of our young.”

The latest edition of Pattern Matching, OneZero’s weekly newsletter from senior writer Will Oremus, offers an urgent overview of the many challenges that children and parents must contend with in the new world of online education. “The failure of online schooling highlights a basic flaw in our digital infrastructure: It wasn’t built to supply public goods,” Oremus writes.