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The word pedagogy comes from the Greek word paidagōgeō, which means "to lead the child." In Greece, it was usually a slave who helped his master's son get an education. The slave would bring his son to school and carry his school things for him, such as a musical instrument.
An academic degree is sometimes given for pedagogy. In the United States of America and Great Britain, you can earn a degree for education called either a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.), or a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); you can also get a degree for specific things, like a Doctor of Music degree in piano pedagogy.
Some people do not like the idea of pedagogy. They say that learning is something that a person does for themselves, not something that a person does to a person.
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- Etymology Site on-line (pedagogue)
- Greenberg, D. (1987) The Sudbury Valley School Experience Back to Basics. Accessed November 26, 2008.