As much as I am afraid this will age me, I can admit that when I was in elementary school some of the first computers in schools made their appearance. I remember that we had a few Mac computers in the room set aside for students who needed extra help, but if we had free time and no one was in there we could go and play around for a bit. I did not get much time to check them out, and I really did not see any more until I had a computer class in eighth grade.
Perhaps the reason for computers in schools was lost on the teacher I had in eighth grade though. I'm not surprised, as he was known as the teacher that tried to look down the shirts of the girls in his classes. Although I do not know if that is true or not, I do know that I did not learn much then. For the most part, we made greeting cards with the computers, and that was about it. Although I was sure computers in schools were for a higher purpose, we never got around to doing anything other than that. Maybe that was just a way of introduction, I really do not know.
Today, computers in schools are all over the place, though there are some schools that done have as many as some others, and there are probably some schools that do not have any. To me that is a huge shame, because computers in schools should be something that is mandatory. I would guess that almost every job that will open in ten years time will require you to have some computer skills. Although those who are not introduced to them in college may have a hard time in their careers.
If you live in an area that is low on computers in schools, this might be something you want to work on. If you feel up to it, and can find some parents to help you, you might want to work on some fundraisers to get some machines in your local school. You may think that you can only raise money for a few of them, but a few are better than nothing at all. Computers in schools are very important, and no child should be denied the chance to at least learn the basics. If you can not get that far, make sure you find a library in your community that has computers so you can let them learn there if you have to.