Newman Guide schools prioritize outstanding literature and the arts. At the grade school level, they do not simply replicate the literature and readings found in secular boxed or computer-based programs but curate their works to promote a healthy imagination and Catholic worldview. They screen texts for anti-Catholic presentations of the human person, especially works that promote sexual exploration, homosexuality, gender ideology, critical race theory, relativism, cynicism, despair, the occult, disdain of one’s parents, etc. Young adult fiction is especially scrutinized. At the high school level, students encounter more complex topics but typically in timeless literature and always with the aid of a well-formed teacher and through a Catholic lens.
In implementing the Policy Standards on Literature and the Arts in Catholic Education, Newman Guide Schools ensure that:
- literature and the arts are selected to make known the proper nature of humanity and help students perfect themselves and the world in accord with Catholic virtues and values;
- literature and the arts are carefully selected to systematically transmit culture and uncover authentic reality through the light of the Catholic faith and a Catholic worldview;
- literature and the arts do not lead students to sin, despair, or confusion about basic human goods or the Catholic faith and contain no shocking or significant profanity, descriptions of sexual activity or sexual fantasy, blasphemy, or other content which might diminish the student’s faith, purity, or innocence, with appropriate attention to the age of students and their preparation for complex or false material;
- literature and art selections assist in the development and fulfillment of students’ aesthetic capabilities as people who “share” in God’s creative work;
- literature and art selections enable students to move from the world of senses to the world of the Spirit: to that of the transcendent and invisible God; and
- library and bookstore/bookfair materials are selected in accord with the principles and priorities of faithful Catholic education, with emphasis on materials that are of substantial quality and educational value, including Catholic spiritual formation.
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