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

n 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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