Texas Teacher Gives High School Kids Lesson On Oxford Comma With Image Depicting Strippers

PolitiChicks.comTenth graders at Highland Park High School in Texas received a lesson on the Oxford comma they may never forget. (If you need a refresher, the Oxford comma is also called the serial comma. It is the final comma used when listing items. It is a stylistic choice that prevents misunderstandings in print communication.) To illustrate its importance, the English teacher presented an image that stated:

“With the Oxford comma, we invited the strippers, JFK, and Stalin,” with drawings of people representing the individuals.

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“Without the Oxford comma, we invited the strippers, JFK and Stalin,” picturing the former president and Russian dictator in stripper clothing.

Though the graphic taught about the Oxford comma, the text on the image neglected to capitalize “JFK” and “Stalin.”

The local CBS affiliate reported on the August, 2015 incident that left some parents outraged. District spokesperson Jon Dahlander provided a written statement to Dallas-Forth Worth 11 News: “The teacher deeply regrets the incident and apologized to students in his classes earlier today.”

What do you think? Was this a proper image to use for teaching high school students?

Kathryn Porter

Kathryn Porter is a political watchdog who has served as an elected member of the Colorado GOP State Central Committee and the El Paso County Republican Party Executive Committee. As an illuminator of truth, she was banned as a guest of the 2016 Republican National Convention by then Colorado State Chairman. Following her banishment, she contested the entire 2016 delegation to hold the state party accountable for balloting errors, the disregard of bylaws, and numerous irregularities at the state convention. The 2016 RNC Credentials Committee granted her a convention pass, overruling the former chair's pronouncement. In an RNC report responding to the case she brought before the Committee on Contests, the Colorado Republican Committee was chastized for its "embarassing incompetentence."

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