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Do Coaches Make the Cut as Teachers?

There’s this old saw — a stereotype, really — that denigrates educators, especially coaches. In essence: “Those who can, do. Those who can’t, teach. Those who can’t teach, coach.” A Rice University sociology professor and his colleagues decided to put this concept to the test, to learn just how effective teachers who also coach are […]

There’s this old saw — a stereotype, really — that denigrates educators, especially coaches. In essence: “Those who can, do. Those who can’t, teach. Those who can’t teach, coach.”

A Rice University sociology professor and his colleagues decided to put this concept to the test, to learn just how effective teachers who also coach are at their jobs. In a paper published in Education Policy Analysis Archives last month, they presented their findings to the question, "Do Teacher-Coaches Make the Cut?"

Paige Phelps will talk with Daniel Bowen, one of the study's authors.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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