CBS DFW had an interesting story the other day — a tenth-grade teacher at Highland Park High School used a drawing of President John F. Kennedy, Joseph Stalin, and strippers to illustrate proper use of the Oxford comma.
The image, which comes up immediately in a Google search for “Oxford comma” and originated from Portland illustrator Anne Ferguson, reads: “With the Oxford comma: We invited the strippers, JFK, and Stalin. Without the Oxford comma: We invited the strippers, JFK and Stalin.”
The image first depicts the three individual groups and then Kennedy and Stalin dressed as strippers.
When CBS reporters showed the image to HPISD parents in Snider Plaza, many expressed outrage. HPISD spokesperson Jon Dahlander said the image was not sanctioned by administrators prior to its use and the teacher has apologized to his class.
“This was a disappointing but isolated incident and the teacher involved deeply regrets it,” Dahlander told us. “He has apologized to both students and parents while assuring them that similar materials will not be used in the future.”