The rapper recently likened reading to eating Brussels sprouts.
"I actually haven't read any book," the Donda artist, 45, stated, per The New York Post. "Reading is like eating Brussels sprouts for me."
Instead, the rapper prefers having meaningful conversations, saying that "talking is like getting the Giorgio Baldi corn ravioli," at the renowned Los Angeles restaurant.
Now, Burton, 65—who is known for hosting the PBS Kids series Reading Rainbow for over 20 years—is chiming in on the situation, voicing concern over West's educational philosophy, considering he recently opened Donda Academy, a private school founded in honor of his late mother, Donda West.
"👀 Hmmm… I'm going [to] have to take Mr. West at his word," the Star Trek: The Next Generation star tweeted. "I hope, however, that he shares a different message with the children enrolled in the school he's founded named after his mother, who was an [sic] professor of English. I'm fairly certain she read a book or two."
Burton often advocates for the accessibility of children's literacy, and he previously launched the digital library learning platform Skybrary School to help put books in the hands of children. He's even received an award from the Children's Book Council.
West has not yet commented on how reading is incorporated at his newly-opened school in Simi Valley, California, but according to the academy's website, the student's daily schedule consists of "core classes of language arts, math and sciences."
Every school day begins with a "full school worship" and offers time for lunch & recess as well as "enrichment courses including World Language, Visual Art, Film, Choice and Parkour."
The website also states that "each day, Donda students learn fundamentals, grow in their faith, and experience two enrichment classes."