That's why I think the truly radical demand is, Education For Pleasure! Pay people to teach and study useless stuff, just for the merry hell of it! It's a bit like Carrol's Abolish Prisons slogan: it's radical because it calls into question all the unexamined assumptions that underly conventional wisdom on the subject.
I completely agree.
But I would add that the study of Latin is absolutely crucial to the understanding of western mental habits and sciences because these were shaped by the study of Latin as an ideal or perfect language.