Meaning of pedagogue


Pedagogue is another name for “teacher,” but one who is strict, stiff or old-fashioned. The word comes from the Greek pedo for “child” and agogos for “leader.” A pedagogue leads people by teaching.

The noun pedagogue, pronounced “PED-uh-gog,” originally referred to “a slave who brings boys to school.” Although the similar word pedagogy is the art of teaching, pedagogue has negative connotations. To call a teacher a pedagogue implies that he or she is “the teacher that time forgot,” possibly using notes and handouts from twenty years ago, standing in that same spot, year after year, saying the same things, as students stare out the same windows.

Definitions of pedagogue
  1. noun

    someone who educates young people


    educator, pedagog

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    Mary McLeod Bethune

    United States educator who worked to improve race relations and educational opportunities for Black Americans (1875-1955)
    Louis Braille

    French educator who lost his sight at the age of three and who invented a system of writing and printing for sightless people (1809-1852)
    Dale Carnegie

    United States educator famous for writing a book about how to win friends and influence people (1888-1955)
    John Amos Comenius

    Czech educational reformer (1592-1670)
    John Dewey

    United States pragmatic philosopher who advocated progressive education (1859-1952)
    Friedrich Wilhelm August Froebel

    German educator who founded the kindergarten system (1782-1852)
    Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet

    United States educator who established the first free school in the United States for the hearing impaired (1787-1851)
    Mark Hopkins

    United States educator and theologian (1802-1887)
    Robert Maynard Hutchins

    United States educator who was president of the University of Chicago (1899-1977)
    Lucy Craft Laney

    United States educator who founded the first private school for Black students in Augusta, Georgia (1854-1933)
    Abbott Lawrence Lowell

    United States educator and president of Harvard University (1856-1943)
    Horace Mann

    United States educator who introduced reforms that significantly altered the system of public education (1796-1859)
    William Holmes McGuffey

    United States educator who compiled the McGuffey Eclectic Readers (1800-1873)
    Maria Montesorri

    Italian educator who developed a method of teaching mentally handicapped children and advocated a child-centered approach (1870-1952)
    Daniel Patrick Moynihan

    United States politician and educator (1927-2003)
    James Naismith

    United States educator (born in Canada) who invented the game of basketball (1861-1939)
    Carl Orff

    German musician who developed a widely used system for teaching music to children (1895-1982)
    Elizabeth Palmer Peabody

    educator who founded the first kindergarten in the United States (1804-1894)
    Sir Isaac Pitman

    English educator who invented a system of phonetic shorthand (1813-1897)
    Anne Mansfield Sullivan

    United States educator who was the teacher and lifelong companion of Helen Keller (1866-1936)
    Booker Taliaferro Washington

    United States educator who was born a slave but became educated and founded a college at Tuskegee in Alabama (1856-1915)
    Andrew Dickson White

    United States educator who in 1865 (with Ezra Cornell) founded Cornell University and served as its first president (1832-1918)
    Emma Hart Willard

    United States educator who was an early campaigner for higher education for women (1787-1870)
    John Witherspoon

    American Revolutionary leader and educator (born in Scotland) who signed of the Declaration of Independence and was president of the college that became Princeton University (1723-1794)

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    academic, academician, faculty member

    an educator who works at a college or university
    lector, lecturer, reader

    a public lecturer at certain universities
    head, head teacher, principal, school principal

    the educator who has executive authority for a school

    any person (or institution) who acts as an educator
    instructor, teacher

    a person whose occupation is teaching
    art teacher

    someone who teaches art

    a teacher of or believer in Bahaism

    one who instructs catechumens in preparation for baptism (especially one using a catechism)

    the honorary or titular head of a university
    coach, private instructor, tutor

    a person who gives private instruction (as in singing, acting, etc.)
    dance master, dancing-master

    a professional teacher of dancing

    a teacher or teacher’s assistant who demonstrates the principles that are being taught

    a teacher at some universities
    English professor, English teacher

    someone who teaches English
    French teacher

    someone who teaches French

    a woman entrusted with the care and supervision of a child (especially in a private home)
    headmaster, master, schoolmaster

    presiding officer of a school

    a woman headmaster

    a woman instructor
    math teacher, mathematics teacher

    someone who teaches mathematics

    someone who attempts to convert others to a particular doctrine or program
    music teacher

    someone who teaches music
    don, preceptor

    teacher at a university or college (especially at Cambridge or Oxford)
    prof, professor

    someone who is a member of the faculty at a college or university
    reading teacher

    someone who teaches students to read
    riding master

    someone who teaches horsemanship
    school teacher, schoolteacher

    a teacher in a school below the college level
    science teacher

    someone who teaches science
    section man

    someone who teaches a section of a large college course
    teaching fellow

    a graduate student with teaching responsibilities
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    professional, professional person

    a person engaged in one of the learned professions

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