Pedagogy just means teaching and the rationale behind teaching. I'm asking why Kennett chose to teach the way she did, which is the topic you raised. Why did she advise the extraordinary and novel practice of practicing mantra in translation? That is a pedagogic question, having to do with teaching.
I just asked a linguistics expert (me) and found out that the measure of accuracy in translation is reducible to plausibility. There is more than one way to translate something plausibly from one language to another, with accuracy. In saying this, I am actually giving your group's translation of the Gate mantra some benefit of the doubt. This seems to elude you.
Frankly Sara, you are having a hard time putting together a coherent argument in this thread, and consequently you are resorting to pedantics and rhetorical flourishes. This is no way to convince people of your position. Here's a lifeline for you:
Can you show that the OBC practice of mantra-in-translation is in fact a traditional approach in Soto Zen, or any other tradition at all anywhere? OR
Can you show that Kennett had some kind of rationale for directing her students to do this?
either of these angles will get you out of the jam you are in here.
Great River Tendai Sangha: a Tendai Buddhist community in Alexandria, Virginia, USA (near Washington, DC):