Essential Definition I: PEDAGOGUE

Since the title of this blog is a pun on “PEDAGOGUE,” I thought I better define this term for those reading who don’t know what it is. A “pedagogue” — at bottom — is simply an “educator.” You’d think that would be a good thing, but the term also has negative connotations in some contexts. Teachers are sometimes labeled “pedagogues” if they’re pedantic — that is, overly strict, close-minded, and self-important. And the word “pedagogue” comes from Greek Antiquity, where it referred to the slave who led his master’s children to school (Hyperdictionary).

I’m titling this blog “Pedablogue” to mock such elements in myself while at the same time concentrating the focus on pedagogy.

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Michael Arnzen

Professor of English, Seton Hill University.