Isac saw the future of eduction not as Apple presented it on Thursday; that was merely an interesting demo of new ways to bundle the same old info as before. No, he foresaw that computers were going to enable students to seek out knowledge on their own. Computers would give students access to all the knowledge in all the libraries in the world. He predicted Wikipedia, Google, and the vast mount of information that you can now find online. He wanted to turn students loose and let them teach themselves.
And he was right. While it's not a replacement for the classroom, letting students pursue their own interests does help them learn. I know this from my own experience; I learned more in college from whatever random outside project caught my interest than I ever learned in the classroom.