Originally Posted by blueviolet
...I do balk at taking something so elemental and labeling it according to its relationship to something else, ...
I have always used the term Home Education. It seems to satisfy people that our children are getting an education, without my having to justify our means of educating. To me unschooling does imply that one is not "schooling" which we are not, however, we are educating our children, or rather they are educating themselves with our loving assistance. We do so much more than simply not schooling, IYKWIM.
So for us the term Home Education explains that learning is important to us and that we do it primarily in the home vs. an institutional setting (i.e. school) where as unschooling can sound like we don't put much value on learning, which is far from the truth.
If someone is interested in knowing more I'm happy to explain what we do, and don't do, and how this life style and learning style works. For the most part people are satisfied with the term Home education and don't care to know the details.
BTW, we used the term Home Education before the term homeschooling became popular and well known, and even then people understood what we ment. Most folks back then thought it ment we were doing an independent study program through the schools, but understood that we were doing it ourselves outside of the school building, anyway.