Great thread. This is such a hard topic to have over a forum, but I love that people are interested in it.
I currently homeschool my 3 boys. They range in age from 7 to 11. My initial reason for homeschooling involved having two kids who are on the autism spectrum, and a public school situation which I felt was failing them. (I am not only talking academically, here.) I also have issue with curriculum which is completely biased, subtle (or not so subtle) propaganda, and "teaching" kids WHAT to think. Anyone who follows any of the homeschool/unschool movements understands to what I might be referring. Although I don't consider us to be "unschoolers", I would describe as what we do as Eclectic-Homeschooling;
we use no formal curriculum but we do sometimes use a workbook,
we read from whatever sources we want and sometimes that includes a textbook,
we learn from daily life,
we set time aside to work on various skills,
one tiny question about something can easily turn into a learning project,
we have fun as a family exploring the environment and history of our part of the state,
we talk a lot about our personal struggles and how we can help each other,
the various topics we learn about are easily related to Orthodoxy, what we believe as Christians, and what "the rest of the world" believes,
etc, etc, I could go on and make you bored, lol.
I am always open to the idea that public school, or a more formal type of learning, could be in our future once again. For now I am satisfied, and the kids are much happier, less stressed, and a lot better at articulating their struggles. I happen to have completed a science-based degree at university and, of course, I completely understand how a more structured learning can be valuable. I am also not frightened at the idea of my kids being "behind" the public school kids. Most of those kids won't remember half of the stuff they learned anyway. I sure didn't. Kids are being smothered with information, "learning" too many things at once, and for what? Learning will always be taking place. In addition, not everyone wants to attend a university. I personally would have preferred to attend a trade school, and think highly organized schools tend to push the university emphasis too much. Take note, there are many intelligent people who have opted to school their kids at home and not use a formal curriculum or system. From ex-public school teachers, to engineers, to scientists. Each have valid reasons and perspectives, and their stories are all over the web if you're interested. It's not just about freaked-out-christian-weirdos.
There are a lot of things I'd love say about the topic, but then this would be extreme tldr, lol. Suffice to say that we homeschool and we are happy about that.