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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

I No Longer Work for Apologia Educational Ministries

Posted by jlwile on August 14, 2010

In June of 2008, I sold Apologia Educational Ministries, Inc. to Davis Carman. Since then, I have become increasingly uncomfortable with the new direction Apologia is taking, as well as the vision of its new owner. As a result, I resigned from Apologia today.

I did not make this decision lightly. It involved many, many hours of prayer, deep discussions with Kathleen (my wife), lots of consultation with homeschooling leaders I respect and admire, and several discussions with my Christian role models. In the end, it truly boiled down to the fact that I cannot continue to work for a company that is opposed to many of the Christian values that I hold dear.

Please don’t take this as a blanket denunciation of Apologia. Obviously, I still like a lot of their products, including the books that I wrote (surprise, surprise). I just cannot support its new direction or the vision of its new owner.

Please note that while I am leaving Apologia for good, I am certainly not leaving the home education community. I will continue to speak at conferences and other homeschooling venues, and I will blog about homeschooling from time to time. I will also be working on a product line that will hopefully make the lives of homeschooling parents a bit easier. I hope to launch that product line in three years.


228 Responses to “I No Longer Work for Apologia Educational Ministries”
  1. Christine says:

    Dr.Jay, as we call you in our household of Home-schooling,
    You are always welcome to come back to New Zealand and speak in our Home-schooling meetings again! My husband and I only met you once, but we both felt your commitment to helping parents to educate their children. Thank you for your words of encouragement and for your quick answers to our questions by e-mail.
    We look forward to your next visit to New Zealand!

    God Bless!

  2. jlwile says:

    Ah Christine, I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to come back to New Zealand. I have to say that I have yet to find a more beautiful part of this amazing world!

  3. I was a true enthusiast of your science books when my children were in high school, and I can only imagine how helpful, practical, and do-able your new line of homeschool products will be!

    I used to pray for you and Davis corporately. Now I’ll pray for your continued successes individually.

    Many blessings,

  4. jlwile says:

    Thank you so much, Sharon!

  5. Vickie says:

    We love your stuff an will follow what you will be doing closely! Some of my kids are grown and some still at home but all have used your science books from middle school on!! They all love science! Check out a math curriculum called, “The Life of Fred”, written very similar to how you wrote your science books. I just got them and I am hoping that all the kids will love math just like they all love science. I beleive it is all in HOW it is written!
    May God Bless you greatly for stepping out and standing up! I will make this into a Bible lesson tomorrow morning or maybe this afternoon!

  6. jlwile says:

    Vickie, I was introduced to The Life of Fred series while I was in Alaska. It is definitely a unique way to teach math!

  7. Mary says:

    Hi Dr. Wile,

    I recieved an email ,”Changes at Apologia” today and read about your resignation.

    “Wile chose to resign from Apologia, specifically pointing out in his blog that: 1) his Christian values are different from my Christian values, 2) he did not want to be associated with my vision and the new direction I was taking the company, and 3) his objection to the What We Believe series, the new biblical worldview curriculum we began publishing in the fall of 2009.”

    This part of the email made me curious of what your objections are. Having read your aticles and heard you in person I found you to be quite logical in your thought processes.

    Also, what happened to all the other comments ?

  8. jlwile says:

    Mary, you need to click on “Older Comments” at the bottom to continue to scroll through the comments. My basic objection to the “What We Believe” series is that the vast majority of Evangelicals do not believe everything that is in the book, but the book presents its ideas as the only ones Christians believe. According to the book, C.S. Lewis, Norman Geisler, and Gleason Archer don’t have Biblical worldviews. Of course, the book doesn’t say that, but if you list everything the book says is a necessary part of a Biblical worldview, those Christian Luminaries do not believe all of what is on the list.

  9. Sue says:

    Having known the Carman family for almost 10 years, I have NEVER known them to oppose Christian values. Their faith has never changed. They serve the God of the bible and go back to the Greek and Hebrew for clarity and accuracy. They have a passion for the Word of God and He has placed them in a position to teach what they live. So please understand my confusion why a Christian can vehemently oppose their “view”… Knowing that God uses discontent to redirect us toward His will, isn’t if fair to assume that the Carman’s prayers are answered as well? But what I can’t figure out is why you would leave that relationship implying that the Carman’s aren’t good, bible believing, Christ-loving children of God.

  10. jlwile says:

    Sue, I am sorry you misunderstood my post. The Carmans are opposed to MY Christian values, which are obviously quite different from theirs. Nowhere did I even imply that they are not good, Bible-believing children of God. Since they are producing materials that oppose my Christian worldview and indicate that there is no other way for a Christian to believe, I had no choice but to publicly announce my resignation.

  11. HSmom says:

    I understand that you made certain statements in this post because you do not want your name to be associated with “Apologia vision” anymore. However, I think if you had simply said, “I am leaving Apologia, I am now going to be doing something else,” people would have stopped associating you with Apologia in a short time. Then, if they had come across ideas (in Apologia material) that they might be opposed to, they would know this did not come from you. That would have avoided the hurt and confusion you have caused.

  12. Barbara says:

    Dr. Wile,
    Thank you for clarifying the reasons you resigned without going into unnecessary detail. You have helped me to understand that the issue has more to do with vision, methods of instilling biblical worldview, and a hesitancy to promote one overarching doctrine over another. I have no less respect for either you or the Carmens. I will be praying that God will continue to show both parties the best way to handle your differences, allowing you all to honor Him first and each other as an outflow. I hope that we, the Body of Christ, do all we can to believe the best of both parties. I am confident that both you and the Carmans share that desire. Shalom.

  13. jlwile says:

    HSmom, thanks for your comment. I think the confusion has been caused by people reading things into my post, not by the post itself. I could not just say “I am leaving Apologia,” because I have talked to several homeschoolers who thought the new books being put out by Apologia were approved by me. Instead, some were published over my strong objections. That had to be made clear.

  14. jlwile says:

    Thank you for your comment Barbara. I wish others would have the decency that you have.

  15. beckyk` says:

    Dr. Wile, my girls are too young right now to use your curriculum, but it’s on my list to use in coming years. Will your separation from Apologia impact the content of the curriculum? If so, I may just go ahead and buy it now and shelve it until I need it. :)

    Can’t wait to see what your new product will be!


  16. jlwile says:

    Becky, I don’t anticipate them changing my books in any substantive way. After all, why tinker with what already words so well? However, you will know if they do, because they will have to take my name off the books. Thus, as long as the books have my name on them, they are essentially the same as when I left Apologia.

  17. Travis Weeks says:

    Dr. Wile,
    I am a math and science teacher at a classical Christian school and we value your books. Your books are great supplementary and support for me. Yet, there are aspects within your books that I may not 100% agree with and am inclined to present both sides of the argument. I will be praying for you and your family. Division is never pleasant. It however, is hard to understand how your core doctrines are that radically opposed to that of Mr. Carmen. Was there no room for “agree to disagree”? Since in your post to Sue’s comment, it would appear, that you believe them to be Christian brothers. Perhaps I might be able to empathize a little as oftentimes, as a math/science teacher, I feel relegated to my little world of math/science and great worldview topics are best left to those with Seminary training. Yet, we as Christians all have in our own ways a distinct Christian worldview, which of course is constantly growing the more we learn of His majesty. I guess we who are very intimate with your books are feeling a little bit unsettled. I cannot imagine how you are feeling. Speaking for that community, I am sure we know this must’ve been a tough decision, and right now that pit in the stomach feeling must be painful. May the Lord bless your new adventures and may the Lord use this to further His glory.


  18. jlwile says:

    Travis, thank you so much for your kind comment. You are right. This has been a painful time. I usually have no problem with agreeing to disagree, but in this case, people thought that I was supporting the things with which I strongly disagreed. Unfortunately, that wasn’t fair to me or to the people who were purchasing under that assumption. Thus, this was the best thing to do.

  19. Jennifer says:

    Dr. Jay, I’m thankful that I’ve read your post and the thread of comments. It seems abundantly clear to me that this is a necessary change, as painful as it is. I will continue to pray for your peace and blessing as you move through the next season of your ministry (your materials are a ministry to our family). We look forward to your science materials this year with our junior high student.

    I will continue to follow along as you develop the new line of materials. I pray you’ll be blessed and fruitful in that process.

    Thank you for clarifying the situation from your position. I respect that.

  20. Jennifer says:

    Oh. I forgot to mention that I think I “get” the Christian Scientist comment up there in the header. I was one…once…a long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. ;) Relationship is far better.

  21. jlwile says:

    Jennifer, thank you so much. You are right. It is a necessary but painful change. Thanks for your prayers! The line in the header comes from the fact that I used to make that mistake when I spoke. I would say things like, “As a Christian scientist, I can…” My wife and daughter kept telling me that I am not a Christian scientist, but a scientist who is a Christian. I finally got it through my head, but it took a while!

  22. Jennifer says:

    ;) I get it.

  23. Mary Hinz says:

    Thanks for clarify the concerns you have about the new series. Our family has a personal history with the damage that can be wrought with the presentation of Calvinism as the “right way for true Christians to believe”. The same goes for any man-made understanding/interpretation of Scripture. I used your General Sci and Physical Sci texts with both of my older kids for middle school–they are now doing fine in ps science classes because of the solid science they learned.

  24. jlwile says:

    Mary, thank you for your comment and your kind words about my general and physical science courses. You are absolutely right – a LOT of damage can be done when ANY man-made interpretation of Scripture is presented as the “right way for true Christians to believe.”

  25. Emily Niblack says:

    Dr. Wile,
    I just wanted to thank you so very much for writing Christian-based curriculum. I have done most of your “Exploring Creation with..” series and have really enjoyed them. I never considered science to be one of my favorite subjects, but when I began using your books that all changed. The format of the books meets my learning needs and allows me to be a successful, independent student. Even when I am reading something difficult in one of your books, I am able to understand it because of the way you clearly explain things. Currently, I am going through “The Human Body: Fearfully and Wonderfully Made”. Because I have grown to love science thanks to your books, I am seriously considering a career in a science related field. Thank you so much, you have definitely impacted my life and I wish you well in this next season of your life.

  26. jlwile says:

    Emily, thank you so much for your kind comment. I am thrilled that you have grown to love science with the help of my books!

  27. Annette says:

    Dear Dr. Wile and Family,
    I just read about your split from Apologia. While it saddens me that this had to happen amongst fellow Christians, I completely feel your angst in having to make this decision and certainly understand your judgment. Your bravery in making a decision based upon your highest truth and dedication to our Lord is to be commended, especially in a world that is so valued for being “politically correct.”

    My children were schooled at home, and the oldest ones started using your science curriculum in middle school. We came to trust the curriculum for its truth in presentation of facts from a biblical perspective without any bias or slant toward one particular perspective or another. This forced my children, all 6 of them, to use their intellect and not let anyone decide for them what their “world view” would be. They decided based upon research, facts, and reasoning, as was directed by the Holy Scriptures themselves in Romans 12:2, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” To us and our family, this was a God send, literally. And I am sure that the new generation, when old enough, will also benefit from your decisions.

    Be assured that whatever decisions our Lord has led you to act on, are always right. As I tell my children, if it is a difficult decision, odds are that the hardest choice is the right one. Satan and his minions have had much time to ensure that they tempt us with the easiest, safest, or what appears to be the most self-preserving alternatives. No matter what nay-sayers taunt you with, remember that Job’s “friends” did the same, when they should have said, “Hang in there, you made the right decision. Yes, it is gonna be hard. That is always a given. But the reward will be worth it when you look at the man in the mirror.”

    Dr. Wile, I challenge you to stand strong in your convictions as it is ultimately the children who will pay the price if you don’t. I challenge your family to support you and to help surround you with true friends and seekers of the true knowledge of our Lord. I know that the decisions you made were based on your highest truth. Your explanation to your friends and patrons further shows your dedication to true knowledge of the Lord. Colossians 2:8 states, “See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.” I believe you are taking God at His word. I challenge you to committing yourself to continue to help the thousands of children your curriculum affects. In a world that is so against the Christian education, your curriculum has become a standard for excellence.

    Lord, please send a legion of your angels to protect Dr. Wile and his family. Surround them with your peace and love. I ask this in the name of Jesus precious blood,
    Annette Door
    Villa Ridge, MO
    Mother of 6
    Grandmother of 9 1/2

  28. jlwile says:

    Annette, thank you so much for your kind, heartfelt, and encouraging comment. I am glad that my books helped your students think for themselves and develop their own worldview. That was certainly my goal. I appreciate your prayer so much!

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