Unschool - this is not 'unlearning', it isn't refusing to teach anything, nor does it mean that I am keeping my son locked in a box until he is old enough for 'regular' school. It is learning through living by exploring the world around us. No lessons, no tests. It is tramping through the woods searching for bugs and insects to identify (eew), going to museums and zoos and on field trips, it is watching educational movies, it is taking every day things and turning them into 'lessons' - like learning about numbers and money while grocery shopping. It is fostering the love of learning and using a child's natural curiosity. This is unschooling!
Formal education - I thought this was self explanatory but apparently some people are struggling with this concept. It means using a curriculum and lessons.
Special needs - this one irks me. I can understand that people may not know about unschooling (I certainly did not a few years ago) but not understanding special needs bothers me. This does not mean my son is drooling in a wheelchair, unable to speak, or somehow mentally impaired. Yes, he CAN be advanced and special needs! He can talk, walk, and learn. He is autistic and does have challenges that come with that. He is autistic and he is brilliant (and no, I am not being 'one of those moms', he actually is brilliant). To those who said he couldn't be advanced because he is special needs, please do some research on autism and special needs. You need it.
If I think of any more, I will add them.