Why Edgar Allan Poe is Important to Teach in Schools

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Spare Poe his work from the Common Core Monstrosity

My mother was up and spent yesterday being fairly ill due to a blocked tube in her ear that made her dizzy. We spent a lot of time talking and she lamented an experience from when she was a teaching assistant, a position she just retired from last year. The new-ish principal, who I had only known as the parent of a girl a few years younger than me who fancied herself a genius, had suggested that the works of Edgar Allan Poe had no educational value. My mother, a Poe fan since she was in middle school, was taken aback, but, valuing her career and not wishing to argue, kept quiet.

“Poe time” was something to look forward to for me from 7th to 12th grade. For those years, every Halloween season, me and my classmates were regaled with tales of murder, disease, torture, and love beyond death. Not exactly standard school material, which made us excited. We were learning, but we were being creeped out while we were learning. It was a lot of fun! Of course there were essays, response questions, and analysis, same with anything else, but we were learning about all kinds of disturbing things. Stuff the grown ups wanted to shelter us from.

That’s probably why the principal wanted to stop the fun.

I am strongly against censoring things, particularly good literature. Honestly, I was just as horrified by The Giver as any of Poe’s work. Classes are required to read Night which is true horror incarnate, as it details the experience of a Holocaust survivor. One of my favorite books as a child, Lord of the Flies is disturbing and terrifying, and some of my classmates openly admitted to not wanting to read it because of this. So what makes Poe different? Is it because he sets out to horrify the reader? Is it his focus on death rather than life?

Frankly, I believe Poe is important to teach students. A master of the short story, his work has no doubt inspired many great authors, including H.P. Lovecraft, (Which should ALSO be taught in schools but at the college level). Poe’s work can be helpful for short story writing projects, and his language use can enhance reading comprehension. In short, Poe was a genius. To not present the work of a genius to a class is to weaken the learning experience of that class.

Some spooky ideas for the classroom can be found on this blog’s Sister Blog, Rainbowneontiki: https://rainbowneontiki.wordpress.com/2013/10/17/the-tricks-and-treats-of-halloween-and-education/


Drunkality #4


Because I’m all out of ideas.

I’m sure some people are wondering: Why do you have these booze posts on your blog? To be fair, that’s where I got my start, with a 21 Sacraments inspired collection of booze recipes. I understand that it’s not necessarily an original idea, but hey, it’s fun! Things that are fun don’t have to make sense. As for this particular series, I plan on covering everyone featured in the series reboot, while doing other characters as requested. I do plan on starting out with the ninjas and then branching out into others. For some reason, the Ninjas are the most popular characters, and so I have decided to make them shots so that they can be easily paired in groups of two or three.


Jury’s out on whether or not Error Macro- erm, sorry Ermac is still a ninja, but if I had to pick a favorite ninja, it would be the ninja that isn’t really even a ninja anymore. Ermac’s character development really kicked off in Deception, which, while it was a generally crappy game, made me really like the character. This continued in MK:9 and MKX, where Ermac becomes less and less of a palette swap and more his own character. Originally serving Mileena, he realized how inept of a leader she was and instead swore allegiance to Kotal Kahn, making him really neither good nor evil. Also of note are the many different souls warring for control within one body, which leads to some interesting endings and may be implemented into the story one day.

I was originally going to make this green and airy in conjunction with Ermac’s powers, however, I realized I already HAD a green shot and instead sought to work off the red of his outfit. The flavor of this beverage is less one-note than the spicy, cold, sour punch of the first three. It’s bittersweet, like the fate of the souls living within one husk.

Ermac Shot

Fill a shot glass half full with Chambord and top off with bitter Campari. Finish with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Enjoy.

Drunkality #3



The nightly migrations of the college students in my area have begun once again. The liquor stores are stocking up in preparation. Attempting to purchase liquor for my Drunkality! series has become less and less of a fun trip. It’s one thing to drink and enjoy drinking, it’s another thing to run down the street in your underwear screaming.

I have no idea where I’m going with this, but…uh…yeah, Lizard people. Lizard people and millennials are basically the same thing, right?


Reptile is…sad. Not only is he the last of his kind, but he always ALWAYS gets his ass kicked. Seriously, this guy has almost as bad of a time as Johnny Cage. Reptile really only became a character in MKX once he was actually given some damned sympathy by the man sent to dispose of him. Granted, people still pick on him and treat him with contempt in game, but he actually catches a break for once. He defends Kotal Kahn regardless of any threat to himself, which shows that he has potential as a decent character if the series continues, rather than as a mindless hissing beast.

Unlike drunk frat boys that spew junk food, Reptile is known for spewing acid, which was the main influence in the creation of this shot. Paired with the Scorpion and Sub-Zero shots, it’s an interesting trio of spicy, frosty, and sour. It’s one of my favorites in the ninja shot collection, as sour apple is one of my favorite flavors in general.

Reptile Shot

Fill a shot glass half full with Sour Apple pucker and top off with Midori melon liqueur. Squeeze fresh lime juice over the top. Enjoy.