More wasted tax dollars does not a persuasive argument make.
This presumes it would be wasted.
I think it's self-evident it wouldn't be.
Sort of. Depends on what you mean by "for its own sake".
Some people read Plato and Shakespeare for the purpose of sounding smart and saying, "I read Plato and Shakespeare." That is simply absorbing, which is the opposite of thinking. Might as well read The Turner Diaries.
Now, if you are reading it because you enjoy it, that is different. Some people read them for the purpose of trying to understand some theory or nuance of classical literature, or even to find out why they were so great anyway. (But be careful - they are Dead White Males(tm), so don't read them near a Women's Studies graduate.)
In other words, for a purpose. In order to fulfill a specific thing.
What is meant by "for it's own sake" is "for the sake of learning."
I would have thought that would also be self-evident.