Computers? Ha. It's a shame that in the school where I taught—which is located just 30 minutes from Steve Jobs' house—our school kids used Macs that were years out of date. My daughter's kindergarten classroom, on the other hand, has six brand new Macs with 20 inch monitors.
In three years of teaching, I never had one parent volunteer in my class or any parents accompany me on field trips. Why? They were all busy working three jobs. My students didn't vacation in Mexico or go to Lake Tahoe for ski week, they babysat their younger siblings so their parents could work. Those families were trying hard to make it in an area where the median homes cost $700k, which makes the divide between the "haves" and the "have-not"s all the more frustrating. Those students were the most magical, capable kids I have ever encountered, and I treasure every moment I spent in the classroom with them.
Which is why, when considering how my hard-earned money will be spent, I'm choosing to send most of the money my family is allotting towards school donations to a school that really needs it—the low-income school closest to me. And I'll donate my time volunteering in my kid's classroom. Because that's all my kid—or any kid—really needs.