If you want a true education, try out film. Look up information about how it works and maybe try your hand at developing your own film. Not having instant feedback like with a digital forces you to think about what you are doing. You will probably make many mistakes, but learn from it.
Don't skip over completely understanding what an f-stop (and what it does to the depth of field) and exposure is.
But also shoot digital, and learn photoshop.
Or just have fun with your camera phone.
Photography is all about light.