Despite the games we often play with words,
they are seldom defined by their derivations
(etymology), more frequently their meanings
are governed by their usage in sentences
(semantics). Once we do that, we discover
that the paidag gos was not and never was a
teacher. That is why the choice of ‘pedagogy’
for the English meaning, ‘the art of teaching’,
is so odd; it’s derived from a Greek word and
custom that had little to do with the noble art of
education. True, the paidag gos led or followed
his charge to school, but this was simply one of
the many places to which he accompanied the
child, and such a role was hardly educational.
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Young, Norman H.
"Pedagogy: A Lexical Oddity,"
TEACH Journal of Christian Education: Vol. 5
, Article 6.
Available at: https://research.avondale.edu.au/teach/vol5/iss2/6