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The nature of education Our starting point here is with the nature of education. Unfortunately, it is easy to confuse education with schooling. Many think of places like schools or colleges when seeing or hearing the word. They might also look to particular jobs like teacher or tutor.
The problem with this is that while looking to help people learn, the way a lot of teachers work isn’t necessarily something we can properly call education. It can quickly descend into treating learners like objects, things to be acted upon rather than people to be related to. For many concerned with education, it is also a matter of grace and wholeness, wherein we engage fully with the gifts we have been given. To educate is, in short, to set out to create and sustain informed, hopeful and respectful environments where learning can flourish.
It is concerned not just with knowing about things, but also with changing ourselves and the world we live in. This is a process carried out by parents and carers, friends and colleagues, and specialist educators. It is to the emergence of the last of these in ancient Greece that we will now turn as they have become so much a part of the way we think about, and get confused by, the nature of pedagogy. The pedagogue was responsible for every aspect of the child’s upbringing from correcting grammar and diction to controlling his or her sexual morals. Employing a pedagogue was a custom that went far beyond Greek society. Well-to-do Romans and some Jews placed their children in the care and oversight of trusted slaves. He further reports that brothers sometimes shared one pedagogue in Greek society.
The relation of the pedagogue to the child is a fascinating one. Apparently, it was a matter that, according to Plato, did not go unnoticed by Socrates. Yes, he is my tutor here. He was more important than the schoolmaster, because the latter only taught a boy his letters, but the paidagogos taught him how to behave, a much more important matter in the eyes of his parents. He was, moreover, even if a slave, a member of the household, in touch with its ways and with the father’s authority and views. The schoolmaster had no such close contact with his pupils.