It is an individual decision. I personally think education is very important. I seem to only connect with people at my academic/intellectual level. I have dated and even married a person with only high school, and it didn't work out. To me, it was terribly annoying and honestly had very little in common. I learned my lesson! From then on I only dated my peers, it was much better. I am now remarried with a person that shares the same interest in education, and things are smooth sailing.
Anyway, not everyone shares the same values or standards. It is completely possible and not an impediment for most people.