Word/phrase expressing the situation where there is an abundance of teachers/theorists but not enough skilled workers?


Too many chiefs and not enough Indians

From Idioms at The Free Dictionary.

This idiom indicates that the ratio of managers to workers is too high. By extension, it could mean that there are too many teachers / theorists compared to the students / front line.

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  • It is a great if somewhat dated saying, but I think more implies that everyone wants to be the boss (the chief) and no-one wants to take orders. Theorists are not necessarily in charge of anything; they are just not getting their hands dirty with the work of doing. – Willk Jun 29 '19 at 15:14
  • I respectfully disagree; the proverb has more to do with the imbalance of bosses to workers rater than the desire to be a boss. And of course it's a stretch that theorists are not actually in charge. That's why an idiom was employed. – rajah9 Jun 29 '19 at 20:20
  • I think the idiom is relevant, but maybe somehow sensitive in the present time context. – user76911 Aug 22 '19 at 4:24

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