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Kanye West doesn’t read, so why would anyone pay $15,000 to send their child to his school?

On Thursday, Kanye West offered a correction to an infamous quote he gave in a 2013 interview with Sway Calloway: “I’ll go on and say Sway had the answer.”

Kanye, who legally changed his name to Ye, was chatting in a new interview with hello america his current legal battles with Gap and Adidas, with whom he has separate collaboration agreements for his Yeezy brand.

In 2013, Kanye defiantly objected to Sway’s insistence that he was distributing his own line rather than working with a conglomerate, shouting, “You don’t have the answers, Sway!”

Looking back, Kanye, in a much softer tone, said Sway was right.

Kanye isn’t known for being accommodating, so it’s a shame he wasn’t asked to back down on other comments he made now that the rapper, producer, designer and businessman added educator to his list of job titles.

Kanye opened a school called the Donda School, “a gospel school” which he created and named after Donda West, his late mother who chaired the Department of English, Communication, Media Arts and Drama at Chicago State University.

At the school in Simi Valley, California, according to his website, students participate in “full school worship” as well as core language arts, math, and science classes, and enrichment classes such as visual arts, film, choir, and parkour.

In the “About Us” section of their website, the school affirms, “Using an ethic of integrity and care, Donda Academy prepares students to become the next generation of leaders, thinkers, and innovators by providing a world-class education that includes a curriculum rigorous foundation and a focus on sustainability, creativity, critical thinking and problem solving.

On GMA, Kanye said it was originally called Yeezy Christian Academy and that the school gives “kids the practical tools they need in a world after the iPhone was created.” He added that Donda Academy is in its third year of operation and has 82 students.

“So many schools are made to prepare kids for industries that don’t even matter anymore,” Kanye explained, noting that Donda Academy focuses on “hands-on skills” for its students in jobs related to engineering, computer programming or agriculture.

He added that the school’s tutors have the ability to “turn your children into geniuses”.

“And if your kids are geniuses…they’re three levels ahead,” he said.

You know, I will concede that most of our public schools don’t necessarily prepare American students for the kind of high-paying jobs they deserve to have access to. And it’s nice to hear about a school that focuses on critical thinking and creativity when more often than not, most public school students focus on getting their students to pass a standardized test.

Granted, I’m just a gay uncle as opposed to a real parent, but I have questions for the parents of these 82 students and anyone applying for admission of their child to Donda Academy: have you forgotten what Kanye said about learning?

Respectfully, just as people celebrate him for his creative genius, Kanye is a grown man who brags that he doesn’t like to read. Naturally, people will never forget what he once said to Sway in anger. However, I have never given up on college dropouts’ reflections on literacy.

Promoting a 52-page book he co-wrote, Kanye West told Reuters in 2009, he was “a proud non-book reader. I like getting information by doing things like talking to people and living real life.

Again, his mom was an English teacher.

Then there are the comments Kanye made just a week ago about reading.

In a recent episode of “Alo Mind Full” podcast aired last Friday, Kanye told hosts Danny Harris and Alyson Wilson that he had never read literature and preferred to speak instead.

“Actually, I haven’t read any books,” he said. “For me, reading is like eating Brussels sprouts. And talking is like receiving corn ravioli from Giorgio Baldi.

So I learned that Brussels sprouts do indeed have a flop era, hence why so many of us only enjoyed the taste of the vegetable until recent years, but that’s exactly why people need to read. Kanye could have learned that Brussels sprouts taste better now, especially with bacon, parmesan or warm honey and hot sauce. Because I love to read, I’m going to try these great sounding corn dumplings.

But, in a larger sense, isn’t that the dumbest analogy in the world?

This man is in his forties and compares reading to eating vegetables he doesn’t like.

I wonder about the judgment of parents enrolling their children in this school just for that ― but especially after reading a rolling stone report about Donda Academy.

Two sources tell rolling stone that families are required to sign non-disclosure agreements, although a consultant says only parents sign an “informal agreement”.

Meanwhile, the school is unaccredited and, like many schools across America, is actively seeking teachers. Then there’s headmistress and executive director Brianne Campbell, who also leads the school choir and has apparently never held a formal position as an educator.

Shouldn’t that alarm parents?

“People choose to bring their kids to Donda Academy for a sense of intimacy,” Malik Yusef, a longtime Kanye producer and collaborator who says he helped shape the concept of the school, told the publication. “A sense of caring, a sense of concern, a sense of love, an environment of health and an environment of wealth, an environment of learning and putting God at the center.”

And they pay $15,000 a year in tuition.

This school will serve as a springboard for West’s plans to open campuses across the country alongside Donda University.

I’m afraid Kanye is essentially franchising Trump University for multicultural religious toddlers, but if people want their kids to learn from a man who doesn’t like to learn, let him cash those fools’ checks. I’m just going to pray to Jesus that these kids will at least enjoy reading.



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