JFMS- "most schools" for home-schooling? Well that I could understand. They actually follow acurriculum. But unschooling? I'm not so sure. Am I right in saying that if the child is not interested in math, biology, history or any subject for that matter, then they don't have to do it? That just seems to me like they are being limited straight off the bat.
Am I right in saying that if you want to go to college you have to sit the SATs in America? Well how can they do the SATs if you have let them choose not to do the subjects, when they are not old enough to think that far into the future and properly weigh out their choices and potential consequences? If they have not completed them, how can they ever hope to be admitted to MIT or Harvard, or any of the really prestigious schools that they may have otherwise wished to attend? If your son is unschooled, will he even have transcripts?
Schools is great for giving a base knowledge on a wide range of subjects, and I feel that you are denying your kids a chance to really get a chance to choose what they would like to do in later life.
I remember hating going to guitar lessons, swimming lesson and even school, but my parents knew what was best for me. I didn't have the cognitiveabilityto choose what was actually right for myself. I don't expect your children know what's best for themselves either. The ability to fully plan out actions and recognise consequences doesn't occur until the brain is nearly fully developed. If I remember correctly, this occurs at age 20-22. The brain isn't fully developed until around age 24.
Parents generally know what is best for their kids. I'm sure you think you're doing the right thing, but I'm not so sure.
Finally, what will your son do when the technology has moved on from the current standing? Like I said, we are not far from moving from 2D to 3D micro processors. And, they will soon be using superconductors in the upcoming quantum computers. How is your son meant to learn this, without a proper, formal education? By the way you describe him, he sounds like a bright young lad. I hate to think that he is being limited from his full potential.