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Kanye West Runs a Private School - But Has Never Read a Book

Reading Between the Lines: Kanye West Runs a Private School - But Has Never Read a Book

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Sep. 20 2022, Published 2:40 p.m. ET

Of all the bizarre facts in the world, there remains the one that Kanye West runs a private school called Donda Academy.

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But for someone who has a vested interest in education, West is a questionable choice. After all, he says he's never read a book.

Principal West Has Never Read a Book

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"When you said I hadn’t read this book, I actually haven’t read any book,” the rapper said in the Alo Full Mind podcast on Friday. “Reading is like eating Brussels sprouts for me. And talking is like getting the Giorgio Baldi corn ravioli,”

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He was referring to a Santa Monica restaurant, conveying the idea that he thrives off the idea of actual conversation rather than learning through a book.

While West has never portrayed himself as a paragon of book learning, it's perhaps a surprising revelation to some of his fans who appreciate his lyrical skills.

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A New Concept for Learning

West has opened up a private school of his own called the Donda Academy, which he considers to be a Christian Prep school that is located in Simi Valley, California. He states that it aims to “provide the youth with the passion, purpose and spiritual foundations they need to thrive in tomorrow’s world.”

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West’s take on reading extends from books to cellphone texts as well, as he explained that he took the advice of a friend who works in the tech industry who reads the first and last sentence of long texts from his mother and West's responded, “Same.”

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“When his mum texts him long paragraphs, he reads the first sentence and the last sentence. This person and his brother invented the fastest track vehicle – they put it in ‘GI Joe,’ they have government contracts, this guy is a full-on-engineer, works with all geniuses, and for practical – not opinionated, you know, practical – technologies, and he only reads the first sentence and the last,” he said. “What do you think my response was? ‘Same.’”

West believes that people's hang-up on grammar is a classist issue. West states, “OK, let me make this point clear. I hate the word point. Let me make this idea clear. Let’s make this idea clear. Remove the word, ‘me.’ That’s a style of language that I’ve been practicing and learning where we’re just taking out all those years and years of classism.”

The rapper is said to have big plans and ideas for the new Donda Academy, that secretly opened last month with about 100 students. All of the parents were asked to sign NDAs, non-disclosure agreements. West is planning on creating the Donda Academy as something that is all over the country, expanding the concept into Donda University.

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