Because the American education system hasn’t taken enough hits over the years, Kanye West decided to enter the ring. Yes, Kanye’s Donda Academy is a Christian private school that reportedly costs $15,000 a year in tuition, is yet to be accredited by any sort of official body, and parents have to sign an NDA when their kids enroll. NOTHING TO SEE HERE! Very normal behavior all around, AS USUAL with Kanye West. I wonder if the kids pull their uniforms out of garbage bags at the beginning of the year?
Rolling Stone spoke with two families with kids attending the school, which only has about 100 students and allegedly educates kids from Pre-K to Grade 12. Apart from getting Yeezy and Gap brand uniforms, the kids are educated in the basics–“language arts, math and science”–as well as “parkour” and “World Language.” My guess is that “World Language” is Kanye’s communication style of choice: ALL-CAPS Twitter rants. And in even better news, RS discovered that the “Principal and Executive Director,” 28-year-old Brianne Campbell, has never held any formal position as an educator and according to her own resume, the closest thing she’s done to teaching was running a piano, guitar and singing tutoring business out of her apartment. BUT! She is also enrolled in a master’s degree program in education at Pepperdine University and she should be done by next August.
Tamar Andrews, a consultant to the school, denied the reports about the NDAs. via Page Six:
However, Tamar Andrews, a consultant to the school, tried to debunk the families’ claims, telling the outlet that the parents of each student only have to sign “an informal agreement” — but didn’t specify what that “agreement” was.
Tamar also confirmed the school is “in the process” of becoming accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges–which allows students’ credits to count in various higher educational institutions. But Tamar is not affected by the whisperings about the school:
“Honestly, we don’t care if people know about the school… The people that want to come to the school are looking for a good Christian school in that area and they know that we’re there … there is also a certain notoriety that comes with being affiliated with Donda. So, I don’t know that we have to advertise, which is a blessing and a curse.”
One of Kanye’s longtime friends and collaborators, Malik Yusef, also spoke to RS, saying:
“People choose to bring their kids to Donda Academy for a sense of privacy. A sense of care, a sense of concern, a sense of love, an environment of health, and an environment of wealth, an environment of learning, and putting God as a focus… The process of Donda school is for the parishioners, for the attendees. I don’t think Kanye needs to tell the world what he’s doing so that he can be under more scrutiny.”
This is the school that Kanye and Kim Kardashian fought over. Kanye wanted to send their four children to his school because he doesn’t want them getting “indoctrinated” in the LA school system.
The parkour class seems exactly like something that Kanye West would try to educate your kids about. I’m honestly just shocked there isn’t a class dedicated to his hatred of Kim’s ex, Pete Davidson, called “Why Skete Davidson Is Not As Cool As Kanye 101.”
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