Yes, getting a formal education first is the way to go. Not only b/c it is becoming a social norm, but also for self development and growth. There are a lot of thought processes and decision making criteria that you learn from a formal education that is transferable to all walks of life. Nevermind the simple things like knowing when to you use you "2s". If you do not know weather two use your tos from your toos from your twos, it speaks lots about you.