Our Daily Bleg: What's the Word for …

From a reader named Raymond DeCampo comes this interesting, poignant bleg. (Read up on blegs here; send your own blegs here; and see some other new Freakonomics-coined words here.)

My wife and I recently undertook the task of securing our son’s future in the event we would not be there to secure it for him.

In the process I realized that while our choices for guardians were good people and good parents themselves, they did not share the same value of education which we share. We soon realized that while we had appointed godparents to watch over his moral development, we would feel better if an analogous figure was watching over his academic development. Thus my wife’s sister became his academic “godmother.” The bleg is: what should we call her?


Jeff

Well, if your godmother watches over your moral development, maybe your grademother watcher over your academic development.

Goose The Tax Dog

school mum

PsiCop

How about "bookmother/bookfather"? Or "edumother/edufather" (or even concatenate that to "edmother/edfather")?

Art

I like gradmother and gradfather.

William Anderson

How about "academic godmother"?

Bill

charles

Intellectual Mentor

William

I like "pedagoguemother."

Dana

I'm with Art -- gradmother

Aeirlys

As I recall, that position is called a thesis advisor.

Greg

ummm...aunty

Lee

Matron of Education.

Ben

EdMom and GradDad

Silvio

goducator?

tudza

Not sure what's wrong with standard words for this, like teacher, adviser ( academic or otherwise ), counselor, mentor, etc.

Upta-guru perhaps, not *the* teacher but a teacher if you want to go crazy.

Nuclear Mom

Godtutor.

Mike

Hopefully your wife's sister won't ask why she's good enough to be the guardian of your child's educational development but not good enough to be the guardian of your child's moral development

Quill

edu-mommy

Valpey

One wonders where the criticism of the Intellectual Elite being disconnected from the rest of society comes from.

I'm with Greg; his Aunt.

C. Jones

Minerva

jimmyc

This has a nice ring to it, thanks Aeirlys:

advisor + mother = ad-mother