Happy New Year! I am learning English watching shows. One of them is Fear the Walking Dead. Here is a quote from subtitles of first session part one, a scene where Maddy is talking to Artie somewhere at begining:

Travis stayed, so Stacy's gonne take his classes. Ah, well, Stacy can't teach her way out of a paper bag.

I do not clearly understand second sentence. What is "her way out of a paper bag"? Could you please rephrase in more simple way?


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The idiomatic phrase that is being referenced is

couldn't punch their way out of a paper bag

it means they don't know what they are doing, that they are incompetent.

The BrE equivalent is

could not organize a piss up in a brewery


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