Define it and explain why it’s important and why it got tied to a career, it is certainly not because it proves you can show up reliably for 4 years.
A properly liberal education is important and it is beyond my tired self today to explain how it got tied to a career and college attendance (the oddly common view among conservatives that “college proves you can show up for four years” is not why). So I will link to a not-great essay advocating for basic universal income but lamenting the lack of status currently attached to the life of the mind.
The essay isn’t perfect, but it touches well-enough on some of the relevant aspects of liberal education to be worth saving the link so, so that’s what I am doing for future reference. Read it and let me know what you think of the approach that author takes.