There is definitely something even more important than the basics…that is, there is one thing that will have as marked an impact on how educated (and articulate) a person will be.
I’m a big fan of the basics, so I’m not saying scratch them…but your student will get so much less without this strategy included in his world.
I can look at my own life, and with all the ways my dad may have failed me (in theory), he succeeded gloriously here. Also, I think all the kids would admit we did OK on this one too!
I hope this spurs you on to add this as an intentional part of your parenting and education.