^^^^^ This may be single handedly the best post I’ve read on this forum in over a year. You’ve said it much better than I could. I find myself putting the same amount of effort into giving advice as the faux’s do into their education – minimal.
I’ll touch on something that nobody ever wants to bring up on the internet but one that I’ve had conversations with in various photography circles with working professionals. Fauxtographers typically live in the lower end of the economic class. They tend to see this as a get rich quick type of employment rather than a long term educational process. After all, how hard can it be to actuate a shutter? After 3 years when their clientele has dried up, they’re off to another at home project.