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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