pedagogical superstition


Senior Member
Mandarin / the Shanghai Dialect

Bell described Laplace as “grandiose,” “snobbish,” “pompous,” “coarse,” “smug,” “intimate with Napoleon,” and “perhaps the most conspicuous refutation of the pedagogical superstition that noble pursuits necessarily ennoble a man's character.​

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How can I interpret “pedagogical” here? Does it mean this superstition only exists in teaching?​
  • lingobingo

    Senior Member
    English - England
    Pedagogical modifies superstition in that sentence, so it implies a superstition (a mistaken belief) that’s common among pedagogues (a word for a teacher that Lexico marks as “formal, humorous”).