Poing, just because you can't keep your "neutrons" in your pants doesn't mean the rest of us can't ...
So, to get this (closer to being) back on topic, there are a lot of educators, students, and parents for whom the difference between $25 and $35 is a really big deal, especially in this economy (or lack thereof). $25 even for a stand-alone educational computer board is a wonderful price-point. To give you an idea of what a typical classroom budget is these days, teachers in my school are limited to two reams of copier/printer paper per month for around 60 students. That's around $35 per month, per teacher, and for the 60 students, that's less than $0.60 per student per month.
This is in an area where millionaires and billionaires live within 20 minutes' driving time, so we're not even talking about an inner-city or remote rural school, just a typical middle-class neighborhood. I should point out that this is after
California voters passed a $30 billion/year state tax increase in November 2012 that can only be used for schools, but that's meant more to keep additional teachers from being laid off, not buying more paper, much less educational technology.
As it appears the Foundation is discovering about educational technology bureaucracies (that are in bed with the Wintel PC and Apple suppliers via established, politically-driven, long-term contracts), getting Pi boards in the hands of deserving students directly (via purchases by their parents if possible, or by grants, etc., if necessary) is the shortest path to wider distribution. Sad, but true.
The best things in life aren't things ... but, a Pi comes pretty darned close!
"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire." -- W.B. Yeats
In theory, theory & practice are the same - in practice, they aren't!!!