What is the greatest value of being educated, especially in rhetoric and other humanities, in this day and age? Of knowing firsthand how academia works? Of being used to the ways in which highly intelligent and educated people conduct discourse with each other?
It is in being able to tell when highly intelligent and educated people are bullshitting you.
This, in turn, leads to an understanding of the degree to which the things that such people say are often bullshit, and in turn, a much decreased willingness to take what they say at face value and to follow their prescriptions blindly.