Davis Carman Biography
Listen to a brief interview with Davis as he shares excerpts from sessions and discusses his heart for ministering to homeschooling parents and families.
Davis Carman got started on his homeschool adventure with a providential two-by-four on the side of his head. Twenty years and three graduates later, he hopes to share some of the lessons he’s learned along the way to help other families enjoy the most successful, satisfying, and Christ-centered home school possible.
His mission is to help homeschooling families learn, live, and defend the Christian faith. This is accomplished in part through his work as president of Apologia Educational Ministries, the #1 publisher of Creation-based science and Bible curriculum with more than fifty #1 awards from families, homeschool organizations, and media.
Davis is passionate about his family. He married Rachael in 1986, and God has blessed them with seven children and one grandchild. So far, three children have graduated from their home school. Of those, one is a college graduate and newlywed. Davis and his family live in Waxhaw, North Carolina, where they enjoy the homeschooling adventure of a lifetime, complete with roller-coaster twists and turns and the occasional lazy river ride.
He is an international speaker and advocate for home education, having served twelve years on the board of North Carolinians for Home Education (NCHE) as well as being the North Carolina Ambassador for the Home School Foundation, a ministry dedicated to helping homeschooling families in need. He is also a founding board member of Homeschool Now USA, a non-profit organization with the goal of helping grow the homeschool population in this country from two million students to five million by 2025.
Davis has a degree in mechanical engineering from Vanderbilt University and a master’s degree from Purdue University. The first ten years of his career involved research and development in the aerospace and automotive industries. The second ten years, Davis was general manager of a growing plastics manufacturing company.
Currently a work-at-home homeschool dad, Davis will be found working late on days that he spent serving as coach, math tutor, or taxi driver to educational activities such as soccer, music, art, or young engineers lab. Davis isn’t a perfect husband or father, but he loves being with his wife throughout the day and immediately available to handle disciplinary matters or to experience an extraordinary Deuteronomy 6 moment in the course of an ordinary day.
Davis is also the author of three illustrated children’s books designed to instill a biblical worldview. Good Morning, God is based on Deuteronomy 6, and A Light for My Path is an ABC book based on Psalm 119. His latest, In the Beginning, is based on the Creation account in Genesis.
He believes that if there was ever a time to homeschool, it is now!
Davis blogs at DavisCarman.com
Hear Davis Speak
Listen to a brief interview with Davis as he shares excerpts from sessions and discusses his heart for ministering to homeschooling parents and families.
The Session Titles:
- I Believe in Homeschooling
- Give Me One Good Reason to Homeschool
- The First Five Years of Homeschooling (I Mean Parenting)
- Never Ever Give Up (aka Don’t Ring the Bell)
- Smooth Homeschool Sailing
- H.E.A.R.T. Exam for Homeschooling Dads
- A.P.P.L.E.S. for the Teacher
- Deuteronomy 6 and Beyond
- Homeschool Castles
- Desirable Disadvantages (think David & Goliath)
- A Homeschooling Christmas Carol
- Family — Our Best Apologia Ever
- What We Believe — Biblical Worldview Education at Home
- Exploring Creation
- Seven Wonders of the Human Body
- Praise Him in the Storm
- Learn, Live, and Defend the Faith
- Leadership Lessons from the Trenches
I Believe in Homeschooling
Most parents place a high value on the education they can give to their children. It prepares them for life and gives them hope for a happy future. In the old days, the three R’s of schooling included reading, ‘riting, and ‘rithematic. Is homeschooling succeeding because it is reclaiming the tried and true educational philosophy or is something else going on? In this workshop, Davis presents a compelling case for you to believe in the power of homeschooling and seven new R’s to back it up.
Give Me One Good Reason to Homeschool
Are parents really qualified to teach their children everything? What about socialization? These are just a couple of the concerns that make homeschooling seem impossible. But you know homeschooling is continuing to grow. More and more families are considering it and taking the plunge. What are the top reasons? In this session, Davis discusses the moral, academic, and practical reasons to homeschool, and helps dispel the myths we all tend to believe. When you finish this workshop, you will know that if there was ever a time to homeschool, it is now.
The First Five Years of Homeschooling (I Mean Parenting)
The first five years of parenting are crucial times of development for young children. Foundations are set that give them a perspective of God, themselves, and others. During these early years, children gain an understanding of love, obedience, and responsibility. Their worldview will be shaped by the books you read to them (including the Bible) and the freedom they are given to sing, dance, play, and explore the great outdoors of God’s wonderful Creation. Is this parenting, homeschooling, or both? In this workshop, you will discover ten lessons your young children should learn and experience that can make a big difference in the first five years of their life.
Never Ever Give Up (aka Don’t Ring the Bell)
Homeschooling is not for the faint of heart. It can be scary to start and just as daunting to continue. Statistics show that roughly 20% of parents who start this journey quit after the first year. Then another 20% stop after year two with 10% walking away by year three. The trend levels off by year four with a little less than half of those who started remaining. What separates those who stick with it from those who give up? Is it just a matter of persevering? Davis believes that every child is a homeschool child, but not every parent is a homeschool parent. Are you a homeschool parent? Come and find out. And if you are, Davis will give you five promises that should inspire you to never ever give up and four fundamentals to help you persevere and succeed.
Smooth Homeschool Sailing
Homeschooling is not for the faint of heart. There are bad days, bad weeks, and bad months. Let’s be honest. Sometimes there are bad years. So how in the world can you get this ship sailing on smoother waters so that you can make some progress toward your destination? In this presentation, Davis proclaims that it is possible to have a fruitful family homeschool by making sure you are sailing on four very important ships. If you need to chart a new course in your homeschooling journey, come and see how God can make the rough places smooth.
H.E.A.R.T. Exam for Homeschooling Dads
Tests and exams are a typical part of school, even home schools. In this session, Davis helps homeschooling dads take an exam — a spiritual exam of the heart. He uses the word H.E.A.R.T. as an acronym to display truths found in the book of Malachi, which deals with very real heart issues. The topics covered by “Dr. Malachi” include relationships with both God and family. The goal is to discover the practical and faithful steps a father can take in the journey towards turning one’s heart to his children.
A.P.P.L.E.S. for the Teacher
The gift of a fresh, shiny apple still represents respect and gratitude towards one’s teacher. Why should it be any different for the homeschooling mom? They typically carry the lion’s share of the homeschooling workload. To help them avoid burnout, husbands need to help their wife avoid feeling 100% of the homeschooling responsibility. Your wife needs to hear “thank you” in many different ways and know for sure that you are engaged. In this session, Davis gives six real and practical ideas for supporting your wife in the homeschooling journey.
Deuteronomy 6 and Beyond
Deuteronomy 6 is a classic scripture admonishing parents to teach their children diligently when sitting at home, when walking along the way, when lying down, and when getting up. There are many more places in God’s Word that speak to home education and family discipleship. Whether you are at the crossroads considering home education, a few years into it deciding whether to stay the course, or a veteran in need of affirmation, the truth found in God’s Word will set you free. Davis shares many of these inspired verses in a way that brings God’s wisdom all the way home.
Castles of old were built to last for thousands of years. Many are still standing today for visitors to admire. What are we building in our family home schools today? Is there a manual or blueprint to follow? Why are we doing this? Will the sacrifice be worth it? In this session, Davis looks at similarities between a castle and a home school, then he develops a vision for your family, children, and the children yet to be born — one that can bring glory to God and help you prepare for the challenges that will come in the future. All the reasons why God is moving in the homeschooling community may be hard to understand in the context of present history, so it will take faith. We may not see all the fruit in our lifetime, so it will call for hope. Better start building now; your great-grand children will thank you.
Desirable Disadvantages (think David & Goliath)
Most school systems think the answer to their problems is a more money, certified teachers, and standardized testing. They debate these issues and wax philosophic trying to find the magic bullet to get the average student scores to move ever so slightly up the charts. Without all the “benefits” afforded by public and private schools, how in the world can homeschools ever have a chance to succeed? Just like David seemed like no match for Goliath, what appear to be disadvantages for homeschooling families can prove to be in our favor and therefore quite desirable. What are they? Come and hear out about eight of them.
A Homeschooling Christmas Carol
In the same spirit as the classic Charles Dickens tale, A Christmas Carol, Davis takes us on a tour of family past, present, and future. In this workshop he analyzes trends and takes a peak at an exciting future worth working towards. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn some lessons from the past and present state of education in our world. Your child’s future will be shaped in large measure by the way you answer the call to home educate.
Family — Our Best Apologia Ever
Apologia is a Greek word meaning “defend the faith.” In a society saturated with an anti-God and relative-Truth perspectives, students need to be taught from a biblical worldview. The statistics show that a very small percentage of born again believers have a worldview consistent with basic Christian doctrines. The Internet, movies, music, books and other media heavily influence the thoughts, beliefs, and corresponding actions of young people. How can homeschooling parents help their children stand firm and not be as vulnerable to the modern-day lies? Certainly one solution can be the use of good books and curricula including creation-based science curricula. The best way is by committing to three ideals. Davis will explain how raising children in a family setting where Christ is worshipped and where the Word of God is the primary text can fulfill the great commission and result in generational faithfulness. Family is truly our best defense of the Christian faith.
What We Believe — Biblical Worldview Education at Home
With statistics showing that seventy-five percent or more teens leave the Christian faith within a few years after they leave home, it is critical that parents give a solid biblical worldview education to their children when they are young. How is this to be accomplished? In this session, Davis addresses some of the most important questions a person will ever ask including “Who is God?” and “Who am I?” Once a person has a biblical worldview of God, Truth, and Self-Image, then they can tackle the questions of “Who is my neighbor?” and “What on earth can I do?” You may already know why it is important to teach your children what you believe. Now come find out what to teach them and how it can be done. Their eternal future may be at stake.
For way too many kids these days, their only outlet is…well…an outlet. Are your kids bored and grouchy unless they are plugged in to the Internet or a video game? What ever happened to catching frogs, picking dandelions, climbing trees, and lying in the grass to see the shapes formed by clouds in the sky? There is a world outdoors just waiting to be discovered. In this session, Davis states that every child should explore the wonders of God’s creation because of three truths that can be found in one of the most exciting classrooms that exists — the one outside.
Seven Wonders of the Human Body
We are human beings made in the image of our Creator, who breathed into us the breath of life. God entrusted us to care for all of His Creation, which we observe via the intricate and complex senses of sight, hearing, taste, smell, and touch. We are invited to taste and see that the LORD is good (Psalm 34:8). In this workshop, Davis takes you on a tour of seven wonders of the human body so that you can experience what it means to be fearfully and wonderfully made by God Almighty (Psalm 139).
Praise Him in the Storm
Have you had times in your life when everything seems to go wrong, even though you are seeking God with all your heart? Davis Carman can relate. In this session, Davis gives his personal testimony leading up to the purchase of Apologia. He describes the trials he encountered while trying to acquire the creation-based science curriculum publisher — a fight worth fighting even though the cost was high. His story is a roller coaster ride involving extended unemployment, perseverance, and the fight for a dream. He recounts how God provided for his family’s every need through the body of Christ. In this session, we will discover how God works powerfully in our lives — especially in the midst of the storms we often encounter.
Learn, Live, and Defend the Faith
After graduation, what is a homeschooled student to do? What should be their aim, their goal? With all the voices shouting for their attention (work, college, family, and friends), how in the world can a teen choose a wise, virtuous, and responsible path? In this talk, Davis gives three easy-to-remember points that can steer a new graduate in the right direction. Learn, know, and be set free by the truth found in God’s Word. Live the abundant life found only in Christ by loving God with all your heart and loving your neighbor as yourself. In the conclusion, Davis challenges the graduate to take the path less traveled by following God’s original design for family. In doing so, the Christian faith will be defended better than ever.
Leadership Lessons from the Trenches
Being in a leadership position is tough work. Your heart desires to see great things happen for homeschooling families in your area, but the enemy throws so many flaming arrows your way. Often these come in the form of conflict with people. How can you as a leader build trust among your team members and constituents, maintain healthy relationships when facing conflict, and confront difficult issues effectively? In this workshop, Davis gives four leadership lessons he has learned first-hand from the field (aka trenches), and you will learn how to be more effective in your leadership role.