Learning to drive has certainly been valuable to me! Most of the student and early life jobs I had were driving jobs and very enjoyable they were too; I got to drive trucks and vans and all kinds of cars and minibuses (as you could in those days) as well as a permanent job with Hertz where I could drive when I needed cash, and that was always Ghia Granadas, Capris and Cortinas. Driving got me a job at a school in the Alps all through the ski season and allowed me to ski every afternoon with the students.
I had nine lessons (£1.75 a lesson) with a really boring instructor but for my final tenth lesson he was off sick so the chief instructor took me out. I have also never forgotten that bloke; in one lesson he taught me more than the other bloke had in nine.
In fact the OP has got me thinking that when I retire in nine years it might be worth becoming a part-time driving instructor. I might get the odd decent pupil who appreciates me!