That is horrible advice - and it is colored by your own targeted experience.
I have followed Ken Starks effort to provide disadvantaged children with Linux computers for 5-6 years now (maybe longer) and he is doing some amazing things. There are a lot of distros and software out there and Reglue provides an age/environment appropriate distro and software to the children that he helps. At this point there is not enough hardware available to give every disadvantaged child a computer so it is focused on those that will make the most of it. Good students that will and can take advantage of the computers provided. He makes every effort to get them internet access also although it might just be for a few months to get them started - he also routinely tries to get ISP and local businesses to provide connections to the families he helps. Even if all it means is that the student can be at home working on a paper or assignment while having to watch siblings instead of having to choose between going to a library and leaving them alone or not getting the assignment done the program is providing good ROI.